Pankaj, Shabana team up again after 20 years

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 06, 2012 09:37 hrs
Shabana Azmi turns 60!

The cast of Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (MKBKM) just got more interesting. The film already boasted of an interesting lineup that comprises Pankaj Kapur, Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma. And now, Shabana Azmi is on board.

"I am the hugest fan of Vishal's work as a music composer and as a filmmaker, and so is my husband (lyricist Javed Akhtar). Yes, I am cast opposite Pankaj Kapoor who is an exceptionally talented actor," said Shabana.

"Technically, we've done two films together in the past. But I didn't have any scenes with Pankaj in Mandi. We were together as a couple in Ek Doctor Ki Maut. Pankaj was absolutely brilliant in that. It's always a pleasure to work with a challenging actor," said the veteran actress.

There have been many attempts to bring these two super-talented actors together but all were foiled by scripts that either one or both didn't like.

Earlier this week, Shabana went through a test for her part in the film. She will be sporting a very unusual look in this comedy where nothing is as it seems, including the actress.

Hopefully Shabana's makeup would make her look less scary than she did in Makdee.

The Padma Bhushan actress laughed and said: "For the witch's role, Vishal and I went the whole hog. To this my poker-faced husband's comment was, 'To play a witch why did you have to put on makeup?' Can you imagine? My own husband," said Shabana.

Incidentally, the actress is one of the few who thinks Pankaj's directorial debut Mausam was remarkable.

"Both me and my husband loved Mausam. I think it has something to do with the Padma Bhushan. All recipients of the honour love Mausam," she said

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