By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day Wednesday, August 08, 2007 While Baby Juanna (the central character in Heyy Babyy) had a gay time shooting, producer Sajid Nadiadwala recounts a different tale. Apparently, they found her after auditioning some 300 odd babies! Says Nadiadwala, "It was totally Sajid's (Khan, the director) call. We specifically required a nine-month old baby, so Juanna travelled with her parents, Jitendra and Mamta Sanghvi, her nurse and a doctor who was on call 24 hours!" For the producer, it was an extremely tough call to put together a film starring a baby.
As Sajid Khan puts it, "There were certain guidelines we had to follow while shooting in Australia, like we couldn't shoot with her for more than 20 hours per week, etc. Also, we couldn't shoot when she cried; we could only shoot when she was in a good mood. What's more, we had to pay a hefty insurance amount for 10 other babies we took with us as her body doubles!"
Nicely enough, all the actors were very patient with Juanna and the other babies. "We made the film in four months. If the baby had fallen ill, Heyy Babyy would have been delayed by three years and that would have killed a Rs 40 crore film!" says Sajid.