Jaya Bachchan 61st Birthday on the sets!
On April 9 when Jaya Bachchan turns 61, the makers of her new film tentatively titled Chaassni have planned a very special surprise for her. They’ve decided to pre-pone the commencement of the film’s shooting by a month to coincide with Jaya’s birthday. Divulging details
reluctantly the film’s softspoken director Revathy Varma (not to be confused with Revathy the Tamil actress-turned-director) says, “Yes, we’ve quickened the process of starting the film. April 9 is a very auspicious day. And my film is about honouring and giving a respectable place to the aged in our society. So what better proof of the film’s intentions than to dedicate it to Jayaji’s 60th birthday?”
The pre-ponement has been quick and sudden.
Raveena Tandon who plays a pivotal role is totally taken aback. “I thought the shooting was supposed to start in May! This is the first time I’m hearing about the April 9 shoot. But I’m happy. We’re all fans of Jayaji. And the film is about making her character happy.”
Adds Revathy, “We’re doing just a brief shooting on April 9. Then we have a detailed schedule.”
The film already made in Tamil entitled June R was based on the director’s own life. “I adopted a mother from a foster-home. She’s no more. But the love she gave me has given birth to Jayaji’s character in the film.”
Revathy is planning it as a full-on commercial film with songs composed by Salim-Suleiman. “They can give a contemporary feel to the project.”
The Tamil veteran actress Saritha had played the pivotal role in the original.
Says Revathy, “The Hindi version will be radically different from the Tamil. I’ve just taken the core of my Tamil film and re-written it completely in Hindi.”
Ayesha Takiya plays Jaya Bachchan’s daughter in the Hindi version. Jaya whose on-screen chemistry with her makebelieve daughters from Karisma Kapoor on Fiza to Preity Zinta in Kal Ho Na Ho has always been extra-special, looks forward to getting motherly with the newly-married Takiya girl.