1. Did you know that the initial choice for the title role was not Deepika Padukone? It was Parineeti Chopra. Shoojit went to Parineeti to play Big B’s besieged girl in Piku. But PC Jr argued that she was already making a father-daughter movie Daawat-e-Ishq. Headmaster Shoojir Sircar shrugged and rang the bell on Deepika’s door. Luckily, Daawat-e-Ishq bombed. Piku was a cult success. Daane-daane pe likha hota hai khane wale ka naam. The same goes for roles.
2. Irrfan Khan who played Rana Chowdhary preferred Shoojit Sircar to Ridley Scott. In 2014, Irrfan chose not to take part in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi show The Martian which later released to raves. Ridley Scott is the director of futuristic classic blockbusters such as Extraterrestrial and Blade runner. Irrfan had told me: “Yes, I was offered The Martian. Director Ridley Scott and I have met. I had a memorable conversation with him. What an inspiring and talented man. There are so many things at once and yet he told me he had seen my Lunch box. I asked him how he could find the time to see films after being a producer, director and so many other things. He said movies like Lunch box were his bedtime stories. Can you believe it? ”Speaking of the role he was offered, Irrfan said,“ It was that of a NASA scientist. While Matt Damon was in outer space, my character was really sure. land. But meri baatein hawa mein ho rahi tthi (but I was talking in the air).
3. Deepika learned Bengali to play the character of Piku Bannerjee. Not that she must have spoken much Bengali. But whenever her character was restless, she was forced to step into Bangla. Deepika didn’t want to appear fake when breaking into Bengali. Director Shoojit and his wife helped her with her accent and her diction. But there was also a good vocal coach on the sets.
4. Amitabh Bachchan’s character, Bhaskar Bannerjee, was a direct tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Anand. In Hrishida’s film, Mr. Bachchan’s character was called Bhaskar Bannerjee. Shoojit Sircar is a huge fan of Hrishida. Which Bengali director is not?
5. Moushumi Chatterjee who played talkative aunt Chobi Mashi returned to Hindi cinema after 8 years. She was persuaded by Shoojit who is a big fan of the actress. She didn’t know her job. So she looked Donor Vicky and Cafe Madras. He told Moushumi that he would give up the role if she didn’t play it. I doubt this is true. But Shoojit got what he wanted.
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