It’s almost de rigeur that two actresses will not see eye to eye when they have the misfortune to be cast in the same film. Lore abounds about how Sharmila Tagore and Raakhee were at daggers drawn during the making of Yash Chopra’s
and how Kareena and Bipasha embarked on a battle royale when they were pitted against each other in
This congeniality problem is fuelled by the fear of comparisons that gnaws at their insides. Of course, for the record, the fieriest of actresses primly claim that they get along like a house on fire. Brash newbie, Manasi Scott, however, is a different kettle of fish.
Manasi Scott play John’s girlfriend in
Jhootha Hi Sahi
while director Abbas Tyrewala’s wife Pakhi is the heroine of the film. And Manasi bluntly states: “Pakhi and I didn’t get along at all during the shooting of
. Fortunately, we had to shoot together only for a little while; but we had a tough time during that short while. Probably because we were two headstrong girls pitted against each other.”
However, now that some water has flown under the bridges since then, Manasi’s stance has softened. A wisened Manasi says, “Finally, we came together and sorted out our differences. We both decided to give each other a chance. Pakhi is a talented girl and she has her head firmly planted on her shoulders.”
On hindsight, Manasi lays the blame squarely on some mischief mongers who created trouble between them. She ruminates, “One should never let a third person intrude in the communication between two people.” Not acquitting herself of guilt either she adds: “We should have been more adult and grown-up.
We should have respected each other and carried on with our work.” On deeper introspection she feels, “I guess differences crop up when one thinks one is inadequate or one tries to intimidate another. As a consequence, you lash out.”
For now, Manasi and Pakhi have reached a precarious pact. Manasi says, “We may not have become good friends but now at least we are ‘good acquaintances’.”
Bollywood News Service