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Dimple Kapadia’s deceased sister Simple who was doing her star-sister’s costumes in Tum Milo Toh Sahi until she was too unwell, is credited in the film for her work. But not as a posthumous presence.
“I haven’t credited her as the ‘Late’ Simple Kapadia. Because to us who were among the last fortunate folks to have spent time with her, she never went away. Her laughter and her joie de vivre remains with us. Though Pooja Chabria took over Dimple’s clothes after she was unwell, Simple would was still a part of the whole procedure,” says director Kabir Sadanand emotionally.
Kabir didn’t allow any pictures to be taken when Simple would come to the sets. “I didn’t want the world to see her on a wheelchair. Even though she was ill, she insisted on coming to the sets and spending time with us. When we’d ask about her health she would turn around and say, ‘Who’s ill around here?’ Her spirit carried us forward to the end of the film.”
Director Kabir Sadanand who was making Tum Milo Toh Sahi right at the time when his leading lady Dimple Kapadia was facing the worst crisis of her life.
Her sister Simple was dying.
Says Kabir, “But not once did Dimple bring her grief to the sets. Not once did we get to feel the enormity of her suffering. Every day she was in and out of the hospital and on the sets on time ready to face the camera.”
Even when Simple was gone the show went on.
“Dimple doesn’t believe that the world needs to know about her suffering. She internalized all the pain that she felt about Simple’s condition,” says Kabir.