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Who Sanjana? What Holi? It's all Mumbai!

ASK THEM about anything but Holi and Sanjana. Shoots, schedules and scripts were all that they care to know. Quiz them about the Juhu shooting in which Lucknow's Richa Srivasatava aka Sanjana, was critically injured, and they go blank.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 01:05 IST

ASK THEM about anything but Holi and Sanjana.

Shoots, schedules and scripts were all that they care to know.

Quiz them about the Juhu shooting in which Lucknow's Richa Srivasatava aka Sanjana, was critically injured, and they go blank.

The incident involving Sanjana, who went to Mumbai, to make it big in the tinseltown, might have made headlines here, but in Mumbai even those from the city, are completely unaware (or feigning ignorance perhaps!) of Sanjana-shootout.

Mumbai's, Lucknow population, in the valley of dream merchants is too busy writing their success stories.

When HT Live contacted Jaya Bhattacharya, the Lucknow girl, who made it big with films like Devdas and serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi among a host of others, she was shooting for a “film of a friend” in Bihar.

Asked about Sanjana incident on the phone, she queried, “I don't know what you are talking about!”

Asked about her plans to celebrate Holi and she reacts, “Well, I am here in Bihar for a film of a friend of mine. So, whatever celebration we may possibly have during Holi would be on the sets itself.”

It's a classic coincidence that another Lucknow girl there, Priti Sahai, is presently doing a serial for Doordarshan, titled, 'Kyon Apne Huey Paraye!'

Ask Priti about Sanjana and she admits that she learnt about the incident but said that beyond that, there was little else she was aware of except her “work.”

Priti presently is doing 'Saarthi' for Star Plus and 'India Calling' for 'Star One' among a host of other serials. Ask her about why Lucknowites in Mumbai had become so indifferent about the incident involving their own city girl and Priti says, “life goes on, here.”

She says that in Mumbai's cut throat environment specially in the tinseltown there is hardly any scope for keeping track of anything else except “the job” at hand. “You are so easily replaceable that one doesn't wish taking a chance.

Success comes for a price. Emotions here mean little,” she explains.

She had just finished a late night shoot (when HT Live spoke to her over phone) and had another lined up immediately after.

Still, would she miss Lucknow and her Hussainganj residence, this Holi?

“Yes, you do miss these things. The family keeps calling up. But, what can you do. Work is there and then Mumbai too has changed a lot,” she says.

How? “Well, till sometime back it was safe for a girl in Mumbai to venture out alone at night. Not anymore. On my late night shoots, I either drive back home on my own vehicle or just have some of my unit members accompany me back.

Taking an auto alone at night is a strict no,” she offers.

Khawar Jalees, who has acted in a host of serials like Neem Ka Ped, Adha Gaon, Hawaein, Nyay, Dushman besides doing scripts for films and serials like Shikwa, Allah Meri Tauba, Astitva-Ek Prem Kahani, Chand Ke Par Chalo, Men Not Allowed, U Turn etc, is another Lucknowite doing well in tinseltown. Like others, he too said, “Yes, most of the people, whether from Lucknow or outside, passed this incident off as one of those things. Here, noone waits for another. It's an entirely different world out here.”

Busy in a “story session” with the producer-director of one of his forthcoming films, Khawar told HT Live, “Holi, Eid or other festivals are simply any other day for us. We open our eyes and think about work. It's the survival of the fittest out here.”

Mumbai has changed their outlook. Shootouts don't interest them. Shoots do!

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 01:05 IST