When Seema Biswas was shooting for Cooking With Stella, she was often tempted to cook something in the designer kitchen. "There was a king-size fridge loaded with vegetables, prawns and fish, the best in cookware and sync sound that made it impossible for me to do anything that wasn’t in the shot," she recalls.
“Even the veggies were peeled by my staff before I stepped onto the set.” The itch however got worse, and one day, when the shoot wrapped up early and the lauki (bottlegourd) was too tempting to resist, Biwas picked up the knife and started chopping. And in the next instant, there was blood spurting everywhere.
“It was a chef’s knife with a nasty cutting edge. And though I had been trained in professional culinary skills by a family friend of Dilip’s (director Dilip Mehta), I neatly sliced my finger instead of the ‘lauki’,” laughs Biswas.
Once the finger was bandaged, Biswas returned to her kitchen and made her ‘lauki ki sabsi’(gourd curry) that was a big hit with the unit.
Closer home, Biswas had another “unreal” experience when shooting for Red Alert in which she is playing a senior Naxal leader. “I spent a fortnight running through the forest in the rain, firing incessantly,” she informs.
“I’d learnt to shoot while filming Bandit Queen, so even though I don’t care for the gun much, it was easy to handle. And I enjoy the rains.”
Still, the extreme conditions and rough terrain, made it a difficult shoot and Biswas injured herself. She retorts with a wry chuckle, “And so the expert limped around like a novice trainee.