Mumbai: If Govinda thinks that he got a raw deal in Mani Ratnam`s "Raavan", then he can seek solace in the savage butchering that Tejaswini Kolhapure`s role suffered.
Padmini Kolhapure`s pretty baby sister was signed on for a prominent role as Ravi Kissan`s wife in the movie. She spent two-and-half gruelling months away from home and husband (filmmaker-actor Pankaj Saraswat) in the jungles shooting for "Raavan".
The end-result - one passing shot, lasting no more than five seconds in a wedding song. Surely this must rank as the most abbreviated role in the history of Hindi cinema!
One of Tejaswini`s co-stars in "Raavan" says: "At least Tejaswini is visible in one shot. Poor Sadashiv Amrapurkar, at his age, he was on location in the jungles for 90 days. He doesn`t even have one scene in the film. And what about poor Sachin Khedekar, who is there for just one scene as Abhishek`s father? He also played Aishwarya`s father in Guru and had his role chopped off because Mani wanted to focus on the Abhishek-Aishwarya story."
Incidentally, Madhavan and Vidya Balan also had their roles severely chopped off in Guru.
Surprisingly, Tejaswini doesn`t try to dodge the savage editing of her part with sugar-coated words.
When asked about her blink-and-miss appearance in the movie, she said: "Mani sir and the entire crew knew what my role was. I shot for a good 75 days. The role in the film is what you saw. Nevertheless, it was a treat working with a director like Mani Ratnam. Anyone would give their right hand to work with him. All I had to suffer were some minor bruises. It`s crazy to say this after what I`ve gone through. But I`d love to work with him again."
Tejaswini has been unlucky in her career from the very beginning. Her first film, as leading lady in Anurag Kashyap`s "Paanch" was never released.
But she`s hopeful about the future. "I`ve finished Happi with Pankaj Kapoor-ji which is directed by Bhavna Talwar. I`ve also done a short film called "Salt & Pepper" about farmers` suicides directed by Mohinder Pratap Singh and Shashank Ghosh`s segment in "Mumbai Cutting" (a film with short stories on Mumbai). Ironically in Shashank`s film I play an actress trying to find a foothold in the film industry," she adds.