Bollywood remembers Taruni Sachdev
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 16, 2012)
The sweet, impish, 14-year-old who followed a reluctant Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) all over the school campus in Paa, is no more. Taruni Sachdev’s death in an air crash on Monday has plunged filmmaker R Balki and his wife Gauri Shende into a state of shock.
Grief-stricken and disbelieving at the enormity of the tragedy, Balki said, “I don’t know what to say. I can’t believe Taruni is gone. She was quite simply the most versatile actress I’ve ever worked with.”
Balki, who has worked with the likes of Tabu, Vidya Balan and Arundhati Nag, said, “Taruni was like Sridevi. She would have a number of expressions to offer for every scene; each one more perfect than the earlier. On the sets of Paa, she was a natural leader among the kids. She could deliver her lines perfectly, without any fuss.” The director remembered the little girl wasn’t the least bit awed by Big B and simply sailed through her role.
Said Balki, “Taruni was a phenomenon of the ad world. Not just me, she had worked with every major ad director. And they would all tell you the same thing. She was one of a kind. Gauri and I had been working with her from the time she was six. She did numerous ads with us. She was amazing before the camera. She could grasp what was required of her even before she was fully told what to do. Why did this have to happen with her?”
Balki’s last memory of Taruni is the beautiful lampshade she presented the couple. “It is one of our most cherished gifts. I’ve worked more with Taruni than I have with any other actor. She was special and she will remain special. My heart reaches out to her father,” he sighed.
I just can’t believe she’s gone. I’ll tell you one thing. I’ve worked with lots and lots of child actors in both feature films and ads. Usually they’re spoilt brats. Not Taruni. She was a very obedient child and a disciplined actress. She would be ready to shoot before anyone else and she knew exactly what she had to do. Her work in Paa and in a Malayalam film starring Prithvi was remarkable. Undoubtedly, she’d have grown up to become an extraordinary actress. But that wasn’t meant to be. I treated her like my own daughter. She was a lovely child. This is no way for her to go. Not fair at all. – Priyadarshan
Deeply saddened to hear the news. She was a lovely, vibrant child. So talented. So amazing in Paa. Heartfelt condolences to her family. – Karisma Kapoor
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