June 16, 2008

A mother role in a Karan Johar film?

A couple of years ago on Koffee with Karan, Shabana Azmi told Karan Johar that she would not have wanted any of the roles Jaya Bachchan played in his movies, because the women were doormats with no discernible character arc. Today, though, comes a rumor that Karan Johar has finally come up with a role that piqued Shabana ji's interest.

The word from "Bollywoodz.net" is that Shabana ji has signed on to play Shah Rukh Khan's mother in Johar's next, Khan, a film about the persecution and isolation experienced by Muslims after the 9/11 attacks. According to the article:

When contacted to confirm her presence in the film, Shabana just laughed and said, "Main chup rahungi."
That is, "no comment." But Bollywoodz.net is one of those innumerable worthless aggregators that auto-copy content from other places without attribution, so I can offer no odds on the truth of this item. As always I'll keep an eye out and let you know when I hear about this from a reputable source, or indeed any identified source at all. UPDATE: Here's the same story in the Mumbai Mirror, this time with a byline - Subhash K. Jha. Jha is an obsequious hack, but stars do seem to answer his calls, so if he says he talked to Shabana Azmi he probably did.

If you haven't voted in the June poll over on the right, though, consider Khan one of the choices - use the "other" button and let us know in the comments on the poll's introductory post.


Anonymous said...

I'm actually looking forward to this movie. I think Shabana is the right choice considering the subject of the movie. I also wished that his leading lady would be Tabu. Now, that's a movie to watch out for. Shabana, SRK and Tabu. But I think it will be with Kajol, so I'm okay with it.

Anonymous said...

So pumped for this. SO PUMPED.

Filmi Geek said...

PPCC, I can't say I share your pumpeditude, or even Marbs's more restrained positive outlook. But, I'm cautiously optimistic. With any luck it won't be as bad as *Umrao Jaan*, about which even Shabana ji herself cannot find nice things to say.

My worry, of course, is that Karan Johar still has not figured out how to direct Shah Rukh Khan so as to suppress those aspects of him that I cannot stand, and bring out those aspects that are tolerable. We shall see.