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Reliving the bohemian Parveen Babi

Kangna essays the role of Babi in Mohit Suri's Woh Lamhe. The return of biopics

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 16:15 IST

She is excited. Very excited. She has reason to be. Kangna Ranaut plays the role of Parveen Babi in Mohit Suri’s Woh Lamhe, which is based on the relationship between the late actor and director Mahesh Bhatt.

HT City caught up with Kangna, whose debut film is Anurag Bose’s Gangster, which is based on the life of Abu Salem (interestingly, she plays Monica Bedi’s role in the film). "I feel very responsible," she says, about playing characters based on real life right from the start.

She speaks effusively about the role in Woh Lamhe. "Parveen Babi was one of the most admired actors in India. And the interesting part was that she did not lead a very normal life. It was more like that of a rock star," says Kangna. She is busy researching on Babi’s life. "I went to her Juhu building and found out a lot about her. The society people informed me that she largely kept to herself and did not mingle much," she says. She has also discussed the role with Bhatt.
"Bhatt saab is currently writing the script and we hope to get it by early February," says the actor. She also hopes to watch the old videos of Parveen Babi that Bhatt has in his possession.

Kangna and Emraan Hashmi in a still from Gangster. Kagna essays the role of Parveen Babi in Mohit Suri's Woh Lamhe. The film is based on relationship between the late actor and director Mahesh Bhatt.

However, Kangna says she will leave it to director Mohit to get the best out of her. "I won’t understand the depth of the character and I have told Mohit to help me out," says the actor, who was a model before Bhatt discovered her.


Her hero in Gangster, Shiney Ahuja, will play Bhatt’s role in

Woh Lamhe

. "He is great to work with and loves to joke," she says.



Shooting will begin in March and the film will be shot in Mumbai, Goa and Australia. Bhatt makes it clear that the film is not Babi’s life story. "It deals more with the emotional trauma that I underwent during the course of my relationship with her," he says.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 16:15 IST