Amma elated with `Peepli Live`s entry to Oscars

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 14:37 PM IST

Lucknow: Farrukh Jaffar, who got the maximum cheers for her role as the incapacitated but cantankerous `Amma` in `Peepli Live`, is elated with the film being selected as India`s official entry to the Oscars.

Jaffar is now praying that the film gets a nomination at the Oscars next year.

"The news has come as a pleasant surprise to me and now I am praying that it also gets a nomination," Jaffar told PTI here.

Jaffar`s role as beedi-smoking `Amma`, who utters expletives with ultimate aplomb, was one of the most loved characters in the Aamir Khan film.

Much before the films, the multi-faceted personality was the first announcer of `Vividh Bharti` in All India Radio when the service was launched in Lucknow.

The septuagenarian feels that the reality of everyday life and absence of gloss made the film click not just in classes but also in the masses.

"It is the natural Natha, his impoverished debt ridden life, his ever harassed wife and the terminally ill bed ridden mother shouting expletives at one and all, has glimpses of life seen by everyone and this is the most endearing quality of the film," Jaffar says.

The lady who became the head of Chakesar village in Jaunpur district after taking a break from AIR, says the nauseas of Amma have been drawn from her experiences in the village.

"Many women came to me to resolve their differences and disputes and while narrating their woes, they would use such language, which I use in Peepli Live," Jaffar said.

The dialogues and finer points of the character`s behaviour were Jaffar`s own interpretation.

She has done very few films but all of them are close to her heart.

The actress says she was tricked by director Muzaffar Ali to play Rekha`s mother in `Umrao Jaan`. She then went on to star in Ashutosh Gowarikar`s `Swadesh` and then into Anusha Rizvi`s `Peepli Live`.

"Even though I had refused Muzaffar Ali`s offer, he shocked me by saying that the shot was ready and did not relent despite my refusal," Jaffar said, adding that Gowarikar offered `Swadesh` after seeing Ali`s film and Anusha made the offer after watching `Swadesh`.

"I had no acting training and to fall back on the experience of radio dramas which demanded only voice modulation," she said.

"A lot of myself can be seen on all these characters and for me the closest scene to my heart is the one from `Umrao Jaan` in which she gets to meet her daughter (Rekha) after a long time and the exchange between the two in the dimly lit courtyard," Jaffar said adding that it still evokes tears.

After working with some of the biggest names in Hindi film industry including Naseeruddin Shah, Satish Shah and Aamir Khan, Jaffar will next be seen in `Tannu Weds Mannu`, which was shot in Lucknow.

The actress says she is willing to take up more acting assignments but the characters should be interesting.

PTI