Bandra is well-known for housing some of Bollywood's most famous celebs,
but it's the aspiring young Catholics in the suburb who have caught the
interest of director E Niwas.
As the title of Niwas' new film, My Name
is Anthony Gonsalves
it is about two Catholics who live in Bandra. Niwas, who has directed
films like Shool and Bardasht, is secretive about the storyline though.
"It's about an ordinary boy and his extraordinary dream; it's an
aspirational film whose protagonist is played by newcomer Nikhil," is
all the director is willing to reveal about the story of the film.
Other than Nikhil, the film's cast includes Amrita Rao
, Lillette Dubey,
Rajpal Yadav and Boman Irani.
The film will be local, in the sense that it will be shot all over
Mumbai, including Bandra, says Niwas, adding that the shooting is
scheduled to start in August.
"It should be through by December and the film should hit the theatres
by March or April 2006," adds the director who says he personally really
likes Bandra and comes here quite often.
While the debutante actor was not in town to talk about his role in the
film, Amrita Rao
, who plays a character called Karen Pereira, is
enthusiastic about this venture. "I am not playing a stereotypical role.
I am an assistant director to Lillete Dubey," she reveals.
role is unusual and different from what I have done so far. If I am
able to pull off this role, directors will take notice of me. I will
have to put in quite a bit of work for this role — maybe I should shift
to Bandra for some time so I can play my
character realistically," she
But Niwas is convinced that she is right the way she is. "I want Karen
Pereira to be innocent, bubbling and romantic and she fits the bill," he
Portray us realistically, say Bandra's Catholics
Karen Pereira, a sales executive from Bandra, says she has no issues
with the way Bollywood portrays Catholics.
"But they should show Catholics realistically. On the big screen too,
the characters should behave the way we really are," she suggests.
However, Blenda Pereira says she does not particularly appreciate the
way Bollywood chooses to portray Catholics.
"They should stop showing Catholics as drunkards; after all others too
consume alcohol," argues this homemaker who lives near St Andrew's Road.
Bollywood's famous Catholics
• Aishwarya Rai who played Shah Rukh Khan's sister in Josh
• Seema Biswas and Nana Patekar in Khamoshi
• Premnath who played Dimple Kapadia's father in Bobby
• Jeevan who plays a villain (Robert) in Amar Akbar Anthony
• South Indian actress Lakshmi who plays Julie in the movie Julie
• Amol Palekar and Tina Munim in Chhoti Si Baat
• Lalita Pawar in the Raj Kapoor film Anari