The shooting of ‘Dalpati’ took place in Mysore
It was the first day of shooting of the movie ‘Dalpati’. It was happening in Mysore. I was doing a Hindi film at that time. So, I was in Mumbai. From there I came to the sets of Seeda ‘Dalpati’ movie. If you get up early in the morning and go to the make-up man, he doesn’t apply make-up. He also applied a little foundation. In that movie, I was supposed to act opposite Mammootty, who is like a fresh apple. Finally agreed to act without makeup. Then there was a lot of discussion about the costume too..’, Rajani went on to say.
Kamal acting instead of Rajini?
‘I was supposed to act in scenes with actress Shobhana on the banks of the river. But no one is saying action. In the distance, Mani Ratnam, his wife Suhasini and some other people were discussing. Actress Shobhana is famous for making jokes. He came to me and said, ‘What are they discussing? Maybe they should be discussing removing you and choosing Kamal Haasan.’ The shooting of Avat ended somehow. But the next day there was a lot of problem..’ said Rajinikanth.
The shot was not going well
He used to take 12-13 takes for each shot. I was getting desperate. The problem is that here I am expressing the same emotions that I have already used in movies. I had ready-made expressions for love, wonder, fear, doubt. But Mani Ratnam didn’t want any of that. They kept saying ‘Feel.. Feel.. Feel more..’ I was bored in my mind saying ‘an feel feel..’. This proved to be very difficult. Disappointed by all this, I called Kamal Haasan,’ said Rajinikanth.
Super tipped by Kamal Haasan
Kamal started laughing loudly after hearing my words. ‘I knew. I too faced this problem. I will give you a suggestion. When Mani asks you to do something else, tell Mani to do it once. Look at it properly, walk around thinking something serious, and then do exactly what Mani Ratnam did and show it. Then the shot will be OK,’ Kamal advised me. Followed that. I would pretend to be deep in thought about the character, smoke a cigarette and think about the scene, and finally, repeat what Mani Ratnam did in the same style. The shot would have been okay’ said Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth said ‘Thank you.. Kamal..’ on stage to Kamal Haasan who helped him.
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