He regards her as a “close buddy.” Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia have matched histrionics in four flicks; 16 years post ‘Krantiveer’, the duo pair up in ‘Tum Milo Toh Sahi’ to recreate more cine magic. Confessedly, the 1993 national award winning actress for ‘Rudaali,’ is wary of working with Patekar coz’ he always? steals the thunder from right under her starry nose!
Dimple Kapadia cups her celeb ears. An array of media crews are buzzing the venue, bagging quotes and sound bytes at a Press meet for ‘Tum Milo Toh Sahi’. The ensuing noise, however, is making it hard for the gorgeous Geminian (June 8) to reel off her responses.
Kapadia pulls a face laughingly and launches into her pitch, nevertheless, with much gusto over her portrayal in the Fourth Wall Entertainment venture helmed by Kabir Sadanand and produced by Nikhil Panchamiya. After a huge hiatus, Kapadia will share acting honours with Nana Patekar, a combo that spelt magic with ‘Prahaar’ and ‘Krantiveer’.
“Why do I have to get Nana as a co star?” she remarks, making a moue. “I don’t like working with him!” Just as the scribe tribe fancies a scoop, Kapadia flings in her quote stating, “I told Kabir, that if Nana is in the film who will want to look at me? He’s so brilliant? always!”
Kapadia, though, admits to an express fondness for her quirky co actor. “Nana is Nana,” she says. “He’s wonderful just the way he is? and I would not want him to change for anything in this world. We’re more like buddies, share a great chemistry and he never bullies me. But I consider myself as his student, because I’m always learning something new from him all the time. Nana is very giving as a co star. Believe me, ‘Tum Milo?’ is one of Nana’s best performances of his career, 101 per cent.”
Delineating her role in ‘Tum Milo?’, Kapadia, looking a zillion dollars despite her gray ensemble states, “I’m playing Delshaad, a Parsi woman who runs Lucky caf? . People from all walks of life? college students, lawyers, and others frequent it. She meets them all; how they affect her life and in turn, how she influences them forms the crux of the film.”
Famed for her fastidious care before frontlining a venture, Kapadia reveals as to how she practically pounced on the offer. “It was the script,” she exults. “I fell in love with it, the moment I heard it. The film speaks of three love stories, three relationships at three ages. The stories run parallel and get interconnected too, which seemed very exciting. All the characters in ‘Tum Milo? will come across as real and believable, there’s nothing ‘filmi’ about them.”
Kapadia is all buoyed up over the efforts displayed by her director too. “Kabir had written the script and he had paid minute attention to every detail,” she says. “He knew exactly what he wanted Delshaad to wear, how she would walk and talk, and had worked out her character wonderfully. Since Kabir is an actor himself, I’d often ask him to say my dialogues and would just imitate him perfectly.” (smiles). The climax of ‘Tum Milo..’ was a difficult one, but Kabir and Nana chalked it all out for me. I just went ahead and executed what they’d all sorted out for me..”
Presently, she’s tossing her trademark lioness mane around, though in ‘Tum Milo?’ Kapadia sports short hair, glasses and floral prints to enact Delshaad, a ‘look’ put together by her sibling Simple Kapadia, who passed away recently succumbing to her three year battle with cancer.
“On the first day of shooting, my sister had come to the sets in a wheelchair,” discloses Kapadia. “She saw everything and she was satisfied. But we didn’t allow her to do more as she was in no condition to do so. That’s how dedicated she was to me and my work.”
A twist of sadness, a note of melancholy seeps into her voice as Kapadia concludes, “I still feel that she is always with me, guiding me in whatever I do.”