Mumbai, Dec 22, 2004
Veteran actors Waheeda Rehman and Girish Karnad go through a maze
of comic experiences as an NRI couple searching for a perfect match
for their grandson in Girish Acharya's "Brides Wanted".
The couple, looking for a bride with Indian values for their grandson,
played by Anuj Sawhney, realise that times have changed and the Indian
woman's values and lifestyle are not the same any more.
Waheeda Rehman, who looks gorgeous even now, said, "I am a metrosexual,
funky grandmother trying to keep up with the times. I really enjoyed
this role because I had a significant and interesting character to play".
She said she enjoyed working with a new director as young people always
come up with fresh ideas.
Girish Karnad, who needs no introduction, admitted he has been in love
with Waheedaji since he was 19.
"I was mad about her in my college days and that hasn't changed
yet. So I jumped at the role as I could work with Waheedaji. In the
film, I play a grandfather looking a bride for his US-based grandson.
I could identify with the role because my children are of marriageable
age," he said.
Anuj Sawhney, an MBA from USA, said, "I always knew I'd be in
films. The education was just to fall back on in case I didn't succeed.
As for 'Brides Wanted', working with two stalwarts was a learning as
well as an humbling experience.
"Both of them are such wonderful people, so down to earth,"
he said, and, added "Brides Wanted" is certainly different
from all other NRI films and it has all the ingredients to do well.
Girish Acahrya, the 29-year-old director of the film "is a New
York Film Academy graduate and a computer engineer.
Acharya has assisted in the production of the Bruce Willis starrer
"The Jackal" and also had a four month stint with Mani Ratnam,
whom he refers to as his guru.
He said: "My high was to make character actors like Waheeda Rehman
and Girish Karnad act in a comedy movie.
"The movie seeks to explain the logic behind arranged marriage
and is based a bit on my life and what my friends had experienced.
"It's not as if arranged marriages don't work. But how are you
expected to take the most important decision of your life in 15-20 minutes?"
Debutante Sarah Jane, who acts opposite Sawhney, already has done television
and is currently a VJ on Channel-[V]. She loves music and was thrilled
to work with two of the industry's veterans.