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!"
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.