Anurag Basu’s Life in a...Metro starring Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Shiney Ahuja, Kay Kay Menon, Kangana Ranaut, Sharman Joshi, and Irrfan Khan, turns 10 today. The musical drama that narrated the lives of nine people, touched upon relationship issues, love, old-age and marriage. When we caught up with Shilpa to talk about the film, she said she couldn’t “believe it’s been so many years.”
The actor, who played the role of a homemaker stuck in a loveless marriage, says that Anurag changed her story while shooting the film. According to the original script, her character was supposed to carry on with her lover Akash, played by Shiney. However, in the film, she leaves him for her husband, essayed by Menon. “The end to my track with Shiney was supposed to be happy.. as in I leave with him.. that is what was narrated to me..but on location Anurag was against shooting it,” says Shilpa.
However, she adds that it was this change that worked for her character. “After a lot of thinking, he (Anurag) changed the climax on location, making me go back to my daughter. He said most Indian women would do just that — try to make that compromise and kill their own feelings for their child. So true. That’s why that character works,” says Shilpa.
Recalling the experience of shooting the film, she says, “I enjoyed every bit, working with Anurag is a joy, he’s a brilliant actor himself and it was a learning curve. I remember going to London for (celebrity reality show) Big Brother in the middle of the shoot and I won it, causing literally a six to seven month delay but Ronnie Screwvala (producer) and Anurag were so supportive. I’m still in touch with Anurag because of Super Dancer (dance-reality show that they judge together),” About her best memory, she says, “Life in a...Metro was the first Indian mainstream film to premier on Leicester Square, London, and I remember it was such a high.”
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