‘Zohraji was a rocket on take-off each day’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Amitabh Bachchan (right) and Zohra Se­h­gal (in­set) worked to­gether for the first time in Cheeni Kum. As the film com­pletes 10 years today, Bachchan re­calls the time he spent with Se­h­gal, who died in 2014. “I worked with Zohraji for the first time in the film, though the as­so­ci­a­tion with her goes back to my par­ents’ time and Prithvi Theatres,” says Bachchan in an e-mail in­ter­view with us. “Work­ing with Zohraji was an ab­so­lute hon­our for me,” he adds.

In the film, Bachchan, then 64 years old, played a man his ex­actly his own age (who fell in love with a 34-year-old woman, a char­ac­ter played by Tabu), and Se­h­gal, then 95, played his mother.

There were ru­mours that Se­h­gal asked for a glass of whiskey from the film’s di­rec­tor, R. Balki, af­ter each shot. Af­ter the shoot­ing was over, Bachchan also gifted her a whole crate of cham­pagne.

“Zohraji was a rocket on take-off, each day of the shoot. Her en­ergy and joie de vivre were un­match­able. I can­not re­mem­ber her ask­ing for a whiskey af­ter each shot from Balki, but yes, she did en­joy her cham­pagne and be­cause she had ex­pressed a de­sire to be given some af­ter the film was over, I did send across the ‘bub­bly’ to her,” he adds.

PHOTO: RA­JESH KASHYAP/HT

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