Mumbai, July 5 (IANS) After 'Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na', Naseeruddin Shah and his wife Ratna Pathak became lucky mascots for Abbas Tyrewala, but he has deleted their roles from his next '1:800 Love'.
Have Tyrewala and the two veteran artists fallen out?
'Nothing of the sort,' laughed Tyrewala. 'I had written roles specially for Ratna and Naseer. They were supposed to play a husband and wife, this time both alive and kicking. So the rumours that their roles would be reversed and Naseer would be talking to Ratna's portrait were completely wrong,' Tyrewala told IANS.
In 'Jaane Tu...' Naseer and Ratna played Imran Khan's parents. While Naseer was just a photograph, Ratna played a protective mother.
So what went wrong?
'Nothing,' said Abbas. 'It's just that the shooting is in London and Ratna-Naseer were required for just four days. To have them fly down for that little work seemed self-indulgent on my part.
'And what if the weather got bad? I'd have had to make them stay over. Instead of putting them through these hardships, I just deleted their roles from the script,' said Tyrewala who hopes to cast them in far more pivotal roles in his next.
Now Ratna, who was creative consultant of 'Jaane Tu...', is once again on board as a script consultant.