Clothes and hair were the only things Eesha Koppikhar,Gul Panag and Celina Jaitly would sulk over while shooting for Hello Darling.
Eesha Koppikhar,Gul Panag and Celina Jaitly bonded like old friends whilst shooting for Hello Darling,a film on female sexual harrasment at work by male colleagues and bosses. Despite the subject,the three girls couldn’t have asked for a better workplace and a boss while shooting. “Jaaved Jafferi,who plays the boss of a fashion house and hits on all three of us,is a darling in real life. He is extremely helpful,patient and full of fun. He almost had Gul stomping off the sets when he showed her some loud dance steps and told her that she had to do them when she actually didn’t,” says Eesha.
While Eesha plays a girl from Haryana,Celina plays Javed’s Mumbai-based secretary who is a Catholic while Gul plays a corporate from Lucknow. All three girls sport different looks,with Eesha in more of Indo-western clothes,Gul in typical formal corporate wear and Celina in skirts. Director Manoj Tiwari had conceived their looks in the scripting stage and each girl knew that,but still there was the occasional sulking when one felt that the others clothes were better. “There were no cat-fights so as to say,but girls being girls want to look smarter than the others. The biggest problem was the hairstyles. While Celina,who was sporting a wig with bangs,did not want her hair to fly,Eesha,who wears long hair,likes the fan blowing air sensuously through it. In the scenes they shot together I would have to make sure that the fan was small and was not directed towards Celina’s hair,” laughs Tiwari.
Most of the film was shot in a specially-erected office at producer Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International in Mumbai at the cost of almost Rs 75 lakh. “I could have shot in Subhashjis office,but since the film is set in a fashion house I wanted the premises to look grand with special glass doors and panes,” says Tiwari.
The most interesting aspect of the shooting was that the director did not inform some actors about the sequences of their co-stars to capture their natural reactions. “In one scene where Jaaved and Celina are in an embarassing position,Eesha and Gul suddenly walk into the room. I did not tell them what to expect when they entered the room and the look of surprise on their faces was for real. I have captured several natural scenes like these,” says the director,who has been an associate director for several of Ghai’s films. Hello Darling releases on August 27.