Besides being a veteran actress- cum choreographer, Mamata Shankar also happens to be the daughter of the legendary dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar. Mamata Shankar will soon be seen in Bollywood playing the role of Amitabh Bachchan‘s wife in Pink. Readers may know that Mamata Shankar has made her acting debut with Mrinal Sen’s Mrigayaa (1976) which had Mithun Chakraborty as her co-star.
Speaking about Pink, Mamata Shankar said that she was nervous shooting with Amitabh Bachchan, whom she had known since the late 1960s when he spent time in Kolkata. Even though she was offered a role in yet another Amitabh Bachchan starrer Te3n (film by Sujoy Ghosh), the makers reportedly never got back to her, even after the discussions and fixing the shoot schedule. Maybe that explains the reason of her being hesitant to give her nod to Pink, because of her previous bad experience with Te3n.
Speaking about her working experience with Amitabh Bachchan, she said that even though (at times) when she wouldn’t be satisfied even after 100 takes for a shot, he remained supportive and patient. With Amitabh Bachchan’s knowledge of Bengali words, both him and Mamata Shankar bonded over Bengali and the times gone by.