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MM.com speaks to Natha’s mother, Farrukh ‘Ammaji’ Jaffer, only to bring out the intellectual and lighter side of a lady from the rustic lands of Uttar Pradesh
Kathika Kandpal (MUMBAI MIRROR.COM; September 28, 2010) Farrukh Jaffer, a far cry from Ammaji of Peepli Live
“I am too busy and too free, depending on my priorities. But if there is someone to listen to me, I can talk 24 hours. Jaise ham abhi aapse baat kar rahe hain,” 72-year-old Farrukh Jaffer bursts out laughing. “Ammaji” is bound to slip out of your mouth when you are talking to her. One of the most memorable characters of Peepli Live, Ammaji, is what she is better known as now.
A graduate and a student of National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, Farrukh started her career in All India Radio as an announcer in Lucknow. At NSD, she learnt a lot from one of the most influential theatre directors Ebrahim Alkazi. She performed in a few of his plays and thoroughly loved the experience. But somehow, she felt closer to radio and films. It was Muzzaffar Ali, director of Rekha-starrer Umrao Jaan, who gave her her big break in the film where she played Rekha’s mother. Farrukh, who has her base in Lucknow for years now, feels deep gratitude towards Muzzaffar Ali, “I am thankful to Muzzaffar saab from the bottom of my heart. He gave me my first break. And it was his serial Damyanti where Ashutosh Gowariker spotted me and offered me Swades. He always gave me the freedom an artiste like me craves More >
Bipasha Basu recalls shooting in the troubled Valley
Anshul Chaturvedi | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; July 18, 2010)
As Srinagar grabs the headlines for all the wrong reasons yet again, and the J&K authorities refuse permission for Lamhaa’s premiere in the embattled capital of Kashmir, Bipasha Basu has a sense of deja vu. Not a happy one, though. “Just landing and driving from the airport to the hotel seems out of a film script when you see it for the first time. The number of armed men on the roads, the checkpoints, vantage posts — the very atmosphere can be unnerving,” she recollected.
We heard a lot about her having a tough time, leaving the city midway through shooting. How much of that is true? “Oh, some days were tough, very scary, oppressively so,” said Bips. “In Anantnag, I was as worried about the jawans’ overenthusiasm as I was about the crowd that was increasingly getting restless and hostile. There was this narrow stretch and I remember thinking, God, I must be the only woman amidst a thousand men here, and I definitely don’t think we have enough security. The atmosphere was heating up, and then suddenly stones began flying. I didn’t wait for anyone, I just RAN to the car with the spotboy and make-up artiste, and locked it from inside, and asked the driver to take us back to the hotel rightaway. But getting out was not easy — there were stones being hurled, people hurling themselves onto the car, jostling and pushing. I honestly More >