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Amrita, SRK's rendezvous with Hussain

King Khan was the surprise guest as the artist played host to his latest muse. Khalid Mohamed tells more.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2006 15:39 IST

"See, I believe in quick action,” chuckles M.F. Husain on a cell phone, “I’ve already started my series on Amrita Rao and I just can’t seem to stop. For me she represents the small town girl of India, an aspect of womanhood no one seems to remember in any form of artistic expression today – in art, cinema, drama or literature.”

Husain elaborates, “I’m trying to paint a woman who is not aggressive.. but is still very strong in her values and attitudes. I’ve been seeing Vivah over and over again..don’t ask me how many times though…I’ll tell you that next year.”

Amrita Rao, thrilled to bits to be anointed the artist’s muse, jet-hopped with her mother to Dubai last week. “My friends told me that being an artist’s muse; one has sit in front of him for hours together. But Husainsaab just needs to say ‘statue’ and I’d freeze forever!” Rao said.

“She was very shy and courteous,” the artist states, “When I saw her before me, I was taken back to the days when I was a boy in Indore. I would see such lovely girls in the gullies and bylanes. They would walk with a faint smile but their faces would look away.”

The artist was raring to go with paints, canvases and brushes. As soon as the actress reached Dubai, an artwork was in progress.

Among those who visited the 91-year-old painter were Shah Rukh Khan who happened to be there for the Dubai film festival.

Sooraj Barjatya, director of Vivah, told M.F. Husain that he cast Amrita Rao after seeing her in Rajkumar Santoshi’s The Legend of Bhagat Singh.

“Someone has gifted me a DVD of that film..but I don’t need to see it..Vivah is more than enough. I may not be able to come home today but at least that spirit of a small town girl has come to me.”

First Published: Dec 22, 2006 15:39 IST