‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’: When Bidita insisted on retakes for the kissing scene

‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ has been in news for being in a tiff with CBFC over its intimate scenes and cuss words. However, the film has now been cleared by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) with eight voluntary cuts. The movie stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role and has Bidita Bag opposite him.

Recently, while talking about her role, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the actress stated that she had insisted on doing retakes to get rawness in her character. Bidita said, “Phulwa, my character in the film, is very unusual. The first two takes were looking very innocent, cute and lovey-dovey. The character’s boldness, the rawness, her overpowering personality and her passion was not showing. So I insisted on retakes to bring about that rawness. Also, I was cast opposite Nawazuddin, a perfectionist. While kissing for the camera, two people shouldn’t merely be rubbing at each other’s lips. A kiss should be true to the characters they are playing.”

Bidita’s role was earlier offered to Chitrangada Singh and the actress had also shot for the movie for a few days. But, due to some creative differences with the team, she opted out of the film, and later Bidita was roped in. (Also Read: ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ cleared by FCAT with less than 10 voluntary cuts)

Talking about replacing Chitrangada, Bidita had said, “I am aware that Chitrangada is a big star in the industry, but I am not feeling any kind of pressure replacing her in the film.”

She further stated, “I don’t know the exact reason why she left the film but Chitrangada, in past, has done intimate scenes on screen. So this could not be reason to leave the film midway, because as an actor you get the idea of your character when director narrates the film script to you.

Directed by Kushan Nandy, the movie will be hitting the screens on August 25, 2017.