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    Default I had to rattle dialogues in Hindi. In one take

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    My toughest scene was in my first Hindi film Ek Duuje Ke Liye. I was asked to rattle dialogues in Hindi, a language I didnít know. I know I was playing a Tamil guy who wasnít supposed to know Hindi, but this was the climax where I had to do a three-and-a-half minute monologue ,because by the end of the story I was supposed to know the language.
    As luck would have it, we were shooting the scene at the beginning of the film. On the fifth day the director, my guru and mentor K Balachander announced that we would shoot the climax first because we had got permission for the required location.

    In that scene I had to rattle lines in Hindi, in one take. I froze. Balachander Saab was very encouraging. He said that I could do it and I couldnít let him down.

    But it was my generous and helpful co-star Satyen Kappoo playing my girlfriendís father, who came to my rescue. He sat down with me and practised the lines. He then taped the lines and I just memorised them. When we shot the sequence, I managed till the first-half of my monologue, but then I froze. I completely forgot my lines when I reached midway. I just said whatever came to my mind. Later, during the dubbing, I repaired the scene but believe me, I went through serious trauma in that scene. Later in my career, I did scenes which were far more difficult, but at that point of my career rattling a lengthy monologue in shuddh Hindi seemed akin to jumping off a mountain without a parachute.



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