Exclusive interview! Amrita Rao on 17 years of ‘Masti’: People on the streets would go, ‘Jaanu you love me, no?’ – Times of India

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Inder Kumar’s adult comedy, ‘Masti’ is undoubtedly one of the most successful films we have in the genre. Although there were sequels to the movie, nothing came close to the first film. As the film clocks 17 years today, we got in touch with Amrita Rao, who was one of the leading ladies of the film.

In an exclusive interview with ETimes, Amrita shared her memories and experience of being a part of the film, the fun she had with her co-stars, and more. Excerpts…


‘Masti’ will complete 17 glorious years. How do you look back at the film today?
Wow, some films are so picture perfect that you don’t want to change even a single frame and ‘Masti’ is definitely one such magical film. It’s funny and its relevance is simply timeless. There were many sequels thereafter but none of them was even close to ‘Masti’.

Take us to the time when you were first approached for the film. What was your reaction?
Director Inder Kumar ji and Ashok Thakeria ji, the producer had seen me in ‘Ishq Vishk’ and approached me for this one. I was 16-years-old back then. My earliest memory is of the narration given by Milap Zaveri, which was super hilarious. I was very happy to jump into the shoes of this hyper-possessive wife Anchal aka ‘Satellite’ who is always keeping a track of her husband’s whereabouts.

Were you sceptical of being a part of an adult comedy like ‘Masti’?
‘Masti’ is by far the cleanest adult comedy. It proves that if your content is genuinely funny, you need not have skin show or vulgarity to get the box-office rolling. Yes, it had a lot of double meaning dialogues and hence it featured in the category of adult comedy.

What were the kind of reactions you received after the film released?
I remember after ‘Masti’ released, wherever I went girls and guys used to see me and go, “Jaanu you love me no?” referring to my signature dialogue from the film. I used to look at them and laugh back. It was a sign of genuine popularity. The film also became my first silver jubilee film!

Was it as much fun on the sets as it was on the screen?
‘Masti’ was genuinely ‘masti’ even behind-the-scenes. We were all youngsters in the film and Inder Kumar ji also has a great sense of humour. Besides, the script was so funny that we all bonded very easily.

Who was the prankster amongst you on the sets?
Riteish Deshmukh was very shy and quiet back then; the pranksters clearly were Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani. I recall on my first day of workshop, which was even before we all went on set. I was shooting for ‘Main Hoon Na’ and had reached the workshop a bit late because I was at another rehearsal. As soon as I entered the reading room, Vivek started clapping and the entire cast followed; they clapped loudly on my entry just as to embarrass me of having entered late!

Can you share any anecdotes from your shooting days?
I was shooting for ‘Masti’ and ‘Main Hoon Na’ in the same year and I recall there was a week when I had to do a double shift and I shot day and night for 72 hours without a break, hopping from one set to another.

I also recall that one of the days there was a massive date overlap and both Farah Khan and Indu ji required me to be on their sets at the same time. That day was such a tough call and then Mr Shah Rukh Khan kindly called and requested Inder Kumar ji to adjust the shoot date for me, and Induji was sweet enough to allow me.

Who did you bond with the most on the set?
I bonded with everyone equally. We all were new and loved each other’s company.

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The film had some chartbusters. Which one is your favourite?
Like many, my favourite is also ‘Dil De Diya Hai’, sung by Anand Raj Anand. This song continues to become a rage, especially among guys.

You did not feature in the later parts of the film franchise. Any particular reason?
Well, none of us leading ladies featured in the sequels. The sequels required a lot of skin show and I’m sure at the casting level itself it was clear that the filmmakers couldn’t approach us.

Being a hands-on mom in the times of the coronavirus outbreak, what are the chances of you getting into work-mode anytime soon?
Well, I couldn’t take up Mr Boney Kapoor’s offer of debuting on the OTT platform only because I was in my seventh month of pregnancy and in the last few months I couldn’t take up many offers while being a hands-on mom to an infant. However, now that my baby will be six months old in May, I am relieved and ready to start working anytime now.

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