Hema Malini is an extremely proud mother. Last week, when she
watched daughter Esha's performance in Ankahee at a private trial
in Filmcity, she was so touched, "she wept at certain portions of
the film," say people from the Ankahee unit.
Ankahee, produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, is
directed by Vikram Bhatt and also stars Aftab Shivdasani and
Ameesha Patel. The film is reportedly inspired from Vikram Bhatt's
life, especially his romantic interlude with Sushmita Sen.
"I saw the film, and Esha has given a very good performance,"
says Malini. "It's very different from her usual ones. The film is
very intense and nice.
All the performances, including Aftab's and Ameesha's, are very
good. Among all of Esha's films, Ankahee is her best
performance till date. I liked her a lot in Main Aisa Hi
Hoon, too. Her role was small, but she performed very well,
and looked great."
I'm very satisfied
Was Ankahee an emotional experience? "Yes, I was
visibly touched after watching the film. Vikram Bhatt has done a
very good job and brought out the best in Esha. Esha is playing a
very complex character. It's very tough to play, but Esha did it
She displayed a lot of maturity while enacting the role. Of
course, as a mother, I will keep pushing her to do better, but I am
very satisfied with her performance in Ankahee."
Which is Hema's favourite scene from the film? "Esha's
introductory scene. It was a very difficult scene to perform." The
scene has Kavya Krishna (Esha) meeting Dr Shekhar Saxena (Aftab)
for the first time in hospital, after she slits her wrists.
"I never knew that Esha fell sick while shooting. It was just
two days ago that I came to know about it. Esha never told me, but
I came to know about her vomiting spells on the sets from a cousin
of hers, whom she had confided in.
Esha has matched my expectations in this film. I always knew she
was a good actress, but no one had used her acting talents
properly. I hope she gets lovely roles to perform, films where she
will be the solo heroine."