Work on the sets can sometimes get so hectic that the film’s stars often indulge in pranks to ease the pace and stress of the working atmosphere. Director Anurag Basu is latest unsuspecting victim, as he learnt to laugh at himself while shooting for his next film Metro with Shiney Ahuja and Shilpa Shetty recently.
For the film, a UTV production, Basu had a set of Ahuja’s character’s house constructed at Hotel Horizon, Juhu. It was here that Shetty decided to pull a fast one on him.
Our sources on the set tell us that after the take for a song, for which Shetty was dressed in a top over a long ethnic skirt, she went up to Anurag and said, “I want to show you something.” Our source added, “Anurag thought maybe she had got some outfit or some accessory that she wanted to wear in the film that she wanted his opinion on. But she mischievously started pulling down her skirt, leaving Anurag wondering what she was up to, that to in front of the whole unit. He was so embarrassed that he looked away till she called out to him.”
The real surprise for Basu was when he turned around and saw Shetty was wearing jeans underneath her skirt. His face had turned tomato-red with embarassment, much to Shetty’s and everybody else’s amusement.
Shetty burst out laughing when asked about the incident. “We were canning the last shots of the day, and I was in a hurry to go home. So I had worn my jeans underneath the skirt. After the last take, I went to Anurag and told him I had something to show him and before he could react, I pulled down my skirt. He had a mini heart attack seeing me pull down my skirt.”
Ask her to describe the director’s reaction and she says, “What could he say? He was too tongue-tied to react.” Shetty laughs again. Not known to be a prankster, Shetty said, “Normally people tend to do things that are not con sidered normal to one’s nature.”
Before one can ask her about other practical jokes she has played on unsuspecting souls in the past, she says, “I have to rush for my shot now.” Perhaps the hectic shooting spell or his embarrassment at the incident prevented Basu from returning to our calls and SMS. But we can well imagine his shock at seeing Shetty pull down her skirt, in public view.