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    Default Shamin’s wife completes their ‘labour of love’

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    Priyanka shoots day and night along with actors Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia to realise the dream left unfinished by her late husband

    A year after Shamin Desai lost his battle against cancer, his wife Priyanka has decided to take their ‘labour of love’ forward. Shamin’s directorial, starring Emraan Hashmi and Neha Dhupia, titled Raftaar 24x7 has been revived by his wife and producers Percept Picture Company. The film is now racing towards the finish line in Goa. And Priyanka, along with the cast and crew, is leaving no stone unturned to realise her late husband’s dream.

    Shooting three songs in just three days is no joke. But Emraan Hashmi and Priyanka have achieved the task. On location, on the beaches of Goa, Candolim, Mandarin and Ashwem, the actor has been shooting day and night for the left-over tracks of the film.

    Starting his day at 8.30 am, the actor, along with the crew, continues shooting till late evening. Even with a bad cold, Emraan has been managing the cut-to-cut shoot schedule so that the late director's film gets to see the light of day as soon as possible.

    Apart from the three songs, handled meticulously by Shamin’s DOP Shiraz, a few left-over scenes have been shot by his wife Priyanka. Talking to Mirror, an emotional Priyanka said, “Shamin wasn’t just my husband. He was my creative partner. We had worked in over 150 ad shoots together.

    Then we got married. When he planned the film, we used to talk about it night and day. It is our labour of love and passion.”

    Over two decades ago, K Asif’s widow Begum Akhtar had revived the project Love And God that was abandoned with the death of her husband in 1971. Priyanka’s travails remind one of Begum Akhtar’s.

    Interestingly, Priyanka and Shamin had launched their production house in 2003. It was named PS Films, with their initials. Uncannily, this name reminds her of PS I Love You, a story about a widow who embarks upon a new life with the help of her late husband’s little tokens of love.



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