By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
It was supposed to be a golden moment in Rituparno Ghosh's life as a filmmaker. On September 1, Jaya Bachchan was supposed to join Ritu's unit of the Hindi-Bengali film Sunglass. But now Ritu has postponed the precious schedule. Explains the director, "I was really looking forward to working with Jayaji. It has been one of my dreams to direct her some day. And now when I was so close to actually realizing my dream, Jayaji has a family crisis to attend to. Her mother-in-law is in a very critical state in the hospital. Both Amitji and Abhishek are in London. And the entire familial responsibility falls on Jayaji's shoulder. At such a time it would be inhuman of me to expect her to leave everything in Mumbai and come to Kolkata to shoot. I thought it would be better to postpone the schedule. If all goes well, I'll be shooting with Jayaji in November."
But doesn't this delay mean expensive losses for the small-budget film? "It doesn't matter. There're considerations far beyond profits and losses. I can't have Jayaji here, not so soon after she lost Hrishida who was a father-figure for her. She is inconsolable. I'd rather let her be and shoot when she's ready to do so. My relations with the Bachchans go way beyond one film, "says Rituparno.
Jaya is moved by Ritu's considerate conduct. "When I said I was in no frame of mind to shoot, Ritu readily agreed. I must say it was very thoughtful of him. Not too many filmmakers would be so mindful of their actor's state of mind."
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