Nisha JamVwal At The ‘Indira Gandhi’ Party For Bruce Beresford


Nisha JamVwal At The ‘Indira Gandhi’ Party with Oscar Laureate Bruce Beresford

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Zeenat Aman with Nisha JamVwal
Zeenat Aman with Nisha JamVwal

Seasoned wine, veteran actors, a bungalow surrounded by tall trees and authentic Malwani cuisine. Makes for a perfect evening. So what if I had to drive all the way to Juhu, I said to myself, putting up the volume on the car stereo! For good buddySuchetan Pradhan it’s ok, even on a week day.

Bruce Beresford and Krishna Shah with Nisha JamVwal at a celebration of the announcement for their movie based on Indira Gandhi
Bruce Beresford and Krishna Shah with Nisha JamVwal at a celebration of the announcement for their movie based on Indira Gandhi

Especially when he’s hosting a party for Oscar Laureate Director Bruce Beresfordwho popped into India with producer Krishna Shah of ‘Shalimar’ fame. They are in the most exciting phase of planning the locations, doing recce’s and the most exciting part being the finalizing of the cast for the making of ‘Birth of a Nation’. A biopic based on the dramatic elements of India’s most famous and controversial Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi promises to be a film in the genre of ‘Gandhi’ that was directed by Richard Attenborough.

Nisha JamVwal with Sanjiv Sharma, Zeenat Aman, Suchetan Pradhan
Nisha JamVwal with Sanjiv Sharma, Zeenat Aman, Suchetan Pradhan

‘Birth Of A Nation’ focuses on the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. It is a heroic film, the hero being Indira-jee, and the movie will take us through a journey illustrating her nerve in defying the Richard Nixon administration and Chinese leadership in order to help East Pakistan break away from West Pakistan and emerge as Bangladesh underMujibur Rahman.

Nisha JamVwal with Krishna Shah, Dolly Thakore, Shalini Pradhan, Bruce Beresford, Suchetan Pradhan
Nisha JamVwal with Krishna Shah, Dolly Thakore, Shalini Pradhan, Bruce Beresford and Suchetan Pradhan

Actors, casting directors, social entities, star filmmakers, and a fair number of actors who are in the evening of their careers thronged the party – it was amusing to watch Bruce famed for his ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ wooed by the yesteryear actresses who wouldn’t leave his side and wanted to be in every photograph with him! Wooing him for a role?

Shalini Pradhan, Gulshan Grover, Nisha JamVwal at The Bruce Bresford Party
Shalini Pradhan, Gulshan Grover, Nisha JamVwal at The Bruce Bresford Party

For me the most fascinating part of the evening was the mini-film that Krishna and Bruce showcased through the cocktails . The film uses modern technology to morph several well known Hollywood and Bollywood actors as Indian politicians. This was done to illustrate what Beresford had carefully planned with Krishna to indicate whom he was thinking of, for which role. The scene stealer was ofcourse Shah Rukh Khanwhose face was shown morphing into that of Jawaharlal Nehru. It sounded like Bruce was keen that SRK reprise the role of Nehru. Charlize Theron is also to be part of the movie.

Nisha JamVwal at The Bruce Bresford Party
Nisha JamVwal at The Bruce Bresford Party

Kabir BediGulshan GroverJackie Shroff, Krishna Shah’s heroine of Shalimar fame- Zeenat AmanPoonam Dhillon, Neena GuptaSoni RazdanDeepa SahiRohini HattangadiKalpana LazmiAshutosh GowarikarPrateik BabbarKetan Mehta, and Sanjay Chhel all stayed through the evening and had a great time in the company of Hollywood’s Bruce Beresford; Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner (the husband wife agent duo who handle the likes of Tom Cruise),  Krishna Shan, Suchetan Pradhan and me managed to stay to the last and I left with a feeling of anticipation – why did I have to wait so long for the movie to actually reach completion?

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