16 years of Mujhe Kucch Kehna Kai
Tusshar Kapoor completes 16 years in the industry with his debut film
For actor Tusshar Kapoor, (left) May 25 is a very special day. The reason: On this day, 16 years back, he made his Bollywood debut with Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001). The film starring Tusshar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Rinke Khanna was helmed by Satish Kaushik. “It was a super hit film. I never expected that it would do so well, given at that time we all, Kareena, Rinke and I, were newcomers to the industry. Many thought that the film wouldn’t work, but it did. Most importantly Satishji believed in us,” he says. Going down memory lane, Tusshar shares how he enjoyed shooting the song sequences of the film in the beautiful locales of New Zealand. “Another memory for me was the scene we shot at Delhi airport. Satishji was worried as we didn’t have much time, but Kareena and I got the shot right in the first take,” he says. The first ever scene that Tusshar shot for the film (also the first shot of his life) was a train sequence. “I am imagining a proposal to this girl (played by Kareena) and then how she reacts to it. But I soon wake up from the dream,” recalls the actor. However, the scene didn’t make its way to the final cut. “In the beginning I was a bit disappointed, but then I realised that doing away with it made the film a little tighter,” adds Tusshar.
Asked whether he would like to work with Kareena again, Tusshar says that he would love to. ctor Roger Moore (above), known for portraying the role of James Bond in seven of the Bond films, died on May 23, aged 89 battling cancer. The actor had visited India, in 2005, as the UNICEF goodwill ambassador and had spoken about the need to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.
At the Summit, Moore had spoken about the “anticipated victory over IDD” as one of the greatest public health triumphs in history. Its deficiency during pregnancy or early childhood is the largest cause of preventable mental retardation among children. He said, “Every minute, 20 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. It is as if a tsunami is striking or an earthquake is killing more than 40,000 children every day. These emergencies must be addressed.”
Moore extolled India with its high importance given to public health for successfully eradicating small pox and guinea worm. “India can eliminate IDD if all of you come together in partnership and decide to get the job done,” he said. He had spoken about how he was motivated to join the UNICEF after friend, actor Audrey Hepburn first involved him with children’s issues. She asked him if he would join her in The Hague for a conference. “Don’t worry, they won’t want to talk to you about children, they’ll talk to you about movies,” she had told him. Moore said, “Audrey spoke with such passion that I was awestruck.”
Expanding on the Summit’s theme of ‘Building a Better Future’, Moore had said that no future could be built without investing in children. This meant giving them the best possible start in life, ensuring quality education, protecting children against HIV/AIDS and shielding them against violence, abuse and exploitation. He said, “There can be no peace, no sustainable development, without uttering children first. Children don’t have organised lobbies to voice their views. It’s important for the civil society to stand up and end these emergencies.”