When Judi Dench 'shampooed the dog' for a Bollywood song
Perplexed at a particular Bollywood dance step while filming The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in India, British cine icon Judi Dench had likened that part of the choreography to "shampooing the dog", recalls co-star Lillete Dubey.
"There was a step she couldn't understand... so she came to me and said 'Are we doing that step now where we are shampooing the dog'... I didn't destroy the illusion. She didn't question why in a wedding song would we be shampooing a dog... I let it be," reminisced Lillete amid peals of laughter at a Friday night session on 'Text to Context' on the forthcoming film Sonata.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a 2015 comedy-drama film directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker.
A prolific theatre actor herself, Lillete dubbed Dench, the Oscar winner and globally-acclaimed for playing 'M' in the James Bond series (till 2012), as an "institution" and hoped she could emulate the Shakespeare in Love actor for her zest for life.
The Monsoon Wedding actor brought up anecdotes on Dench while discussing Sonata, the Aparna Sen-directed adaptation of the eponymous play by playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar. It is slated to hit the screens on April 21. The English drama is a psychological exploration of three unmarried women facing a mid-life crisis. It stars Lillete, Aparna and Shabana Azmi.
"When I grow old and turn 80... I want to be Judi Dench... I want to have a new boyfriend... I want to have new knees and I want to do a film with Hoffman or his like," added Dubey. Connecting the forthcoming film's premise to the hope and possibilities for life at any age, showcased in the Marigold Hotel series, Lillete said: "We were shooting the end of the film... there's a big Bollywood number where everybody dances, including Judi..."