Megastar Amitabh Bachchan may be by far the most iconic star actor of our cinema, but that doesn't stop him from undertaking rehearsals like a newcomer for Shoojit Sircar's Piku where he will share screen space with Irrfan Khan for the first time.
Though Irrfan's schedules too are packed as he'll be shooting
simultaneously in Mumbai and Los Angeles, he too has agreed to
participate in the acting workshops for Piku.
"This is the first time when Irrfan would be sharing screen
space with the Big B. He's understandably excited and challenged.
He asked Shoojit to create a comfort level between the two
specially since the Big B and Irrfan share very intense dramatic
sequences in 'Piku'," said a source close to the
Sircar says it wasn't easy getting the four principal actors -
Amitabh, Irrfan, Deepika Padukone and Jisshu Sengupta
- to spare time for the workshops.
"Bachchan saab, Irrfan, Deepika and Jisshu are all extremely
busy actors. But they had absolutely no hesitation in slicing
precious meat out of their fat schedules to go through the
rehearsals," he said.
The 'Madras Cafe' director believes workshops are
specially important for Piku.
"It is a very real drama, the emotions are not cinematic. The
feelings expressed have to be absolutely authentic. Luckily, I've
actors who are more than willing to surrender completely to the
project. They have been told that we cannot start shooting unless
we do the workshops.
"They're all joining me for workshops for a couple of weeks before we begin shooting at the end of July."