This, after both Kareena Kapoor Khan and Vidya Balan Roy Kapur refused the role. Really?
Tigmanshu Dhulia is a filmmaker that many in the Bollywood bastion want to work with. After Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and Paan Singh Tomar, his stock has soared and he is considered to be hot stuff…so much so that he is part of the must-work-with list in B-town now, an upgrade after some years of flop movies like Haasil and Charas.
So when he announced that he was planning to start work on his biopic, Begum Sumroo, a kind of 1940s Umrao Jaan retelling, he managed to rope the big names in for a reading. But after Vidya Balan Roy Kapur and Kareena Kapoor Khan went through the script, and post their showing much interest in doing the role, they both backed out, reportedly because they were uncomfortable playing a character that is very sexual and uninhibited. And now we hear that the very sexy Chitrangda Singh is interested in becoming Begum Sumroo…on the big screen, of course!
According to Dhulia, he has had the script ready for a few years now, but wants to bring in an international studio to produce it. This, of course, will mean that censorship issues will not be too big a bugbear for satellite rights. Which in turn implies that the film can be legitimately more steamy than would be possible if the whole venture was produced locally, wethinks.
But what has us giggling is the newly found demureness and modesty of the two biggest names in leading lady lists. Both Kareena and Vidya have done ‘bold’ movies very recently – Heroine and The Dirty Picture – and showed no coy maiden behaviour at all with their uninhibited acting. And both have declared that marriage will not change their professional demeanour, even though they may not want to do lengthy lovemaking scenes too often. So why this turnaround now?