It seems like ages since one saw Minissha Lamba on the silver screen. It was way back in October’09 when she was seen in a sizzling new avtar in Kidnap. The film didn’t do much at the box office and though Minissha had seen critical and commercial success coming her way through Shaurya and Bachna Ae Haseeno respectively, she chose to lie low. Now that she is back in Well Done Abba, wheels seem to be moving yet again for the petite Minissha.
From Yahaan to now Well Done Abba, she has been choosing a variety of films. Is she feeling lucky?
Smiles Minissha, ”I think all the films that I have done are the ones that have truly excited me. Otherwise I wouldn’t sign a project which fails to arouse curiosity in me. I love to do the kind of movies that I would want to see in theatres myself. Also, what I like to do is get involved in the process of filmmaking rather than just reporting on sets when my shot is ready. That’s not my style of working.”
So is she consciously balancing it all by working in offbeat and hardcore commercial cinema (read Bachna Ae Haseeno, Kidnap)? She comments honestly, ”I don’t think I am at a position where I can make a choice between conventional and other films. I am yet to have a repertoire of work behind me that would enable me to do that. Right now, I am picking the best that is offered to me and I am happy with my decisions.”
Earlier titled Abba Ka Kuan, this Shyam Benegal directed film is now titled Well Done Abba. At one point of time, it wasn’t quite clear that which time period was the film set in. However, in the contemporary times, the revised title has only aided the film in gaining much more recognition and hence becoming far more accessible to the multiplex junta.
Says Minissha Lamba, ”Let me put this on record that that Well Done Abba is extremely current and is set in today’s time. It is extremely relevant to what’s happening in the country today. So let’s not mistake it with something old.”
This Shyam Benegal directed film has been narrated in a comic and ironic vein. It is an engaging story of Armaan Ali (Boman Irani), a driver working in Mumbai. He takes leave for a month to find a husband for his teenage daughter (Minissha Lamba), who lives in a small locality close to Hyderabad. Armaan Ali returns to work only after 3 months. His young employer wants to sack him but is persuaded to listen to the reason why Armaan got so delayed.
Fascinated by the experience of working with Shyam Benegal, she gushes, ”Well Done Abba is told in a very simple fun light hearted way. In any case, cinema is the reflection of society and in the same mould, this film too is quite tongue in cheek.”
The film also stars Sameer Dattani (as Minissha’s love interest), Ravi Kishan, Ila Arun, Salim Ghouse, Sonali Kulkarni, Rajit Kapoor, Yashpal Sharma and Ravi Jhankal. A BIG Pictures production, the film has lyrics by Swanand Kirkire, Ila Arun and Ashok Mishra with music by Shantanu Moitra. Well Done Abba releases all over on 26th March.