Bollywood’s first ever female superstar Sridevi breathed her last in Dubai on February 24, creating a void in the industry. The veteran actress who ruled the hearts of millions was last seen in the thriller 'Mom'.
The actress par excellence impressed both the critics and audience in the Ravi Udyawar directorial and won the Zee Cine Award for Best Actress. Fans were eagerly waiting to see the diva back on the silver screen.
Grapevines were buzzing with the rumours that Sridevi and Gauri Shinde were set to collaborate for the second instalment of English Winglish.
‘Simran’ Director Hansal Mehta recently opened up on the film he was planning to make with the Nagina actress. The filmmaker upon learning about Sridevi’s death had taken to Twitter to say that he was going to approach the actress for his upcoming project.
The ‘Aligarh’ director revealed the details of the project while talking to PTI. He said that the film was about a woman who discovered womanhood in her late 50s and would revolve around Sridevi.
“It is a beautiful story, I have got the rights for it. It is from a book, a novella... It is a Chinese story. I felt it would be wonderful to do it with Sridevi. I had thought of narrating the idea to her, but she passed away. It was shocking,” the ‘City Light director told PTI.
The National Film awardee asserted that the new project was different from the kinds of films he was making. He said, “It was a departure from the kind of films I was making. It is a tale about love, about how in the late 50s you are discovering womanhood. Motherhood and marriage, without either being a wife or a mother’’.
“She (the protagonist) experiences all these emotions supposedly. All these years she has been single,” he said.
Hansal Mehta added that he is determined to go ahead with the project but is yet to find a suitable actress who will fit the bill perfectly. He said that he is keen to dedicate the film to Sridevi.
Mehta also recounted the time when he met the ‘Sadma’ actress during the preview screening of his flick ‘Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar’ in 2000.
“I had very little interaction with her. I believe she had seen my work. She was a great actor, an inspiration to lot of actors,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)