For the first time in her entire career, Jaya Bachchan is playing a negative role. The film is Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani where she plays Ranveer Singh’s scheming manipulative grandmother
According to a source close to the film, it is an out-and-out negative role. “Jaya has never played a negative role in her entire career. Not even a slightly grey character. When she was offered this really evil character her first reaction was, ‘Why me?+
Karan had to work really hard on convincing Jaya to take up the offer. In the beginning, she had some difficulties in understanding how her character’s devilish mind worked. Being the seasoned actress that she is, she soon got a hang of it. She’s having a blast playing this evil woman,” says a source in the know.
Interestingly Jaya’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is also playing a negative character in her next film Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan .
Two of India’s finest actresses Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan, both above 70, are being given the most spectacular makeover in the history of their illustrious careers. Producer-director Karan Johar has assigned the formidable job to his buddy, designer Manish Malhotra, who has been provided a detailed brief on how the two actresses should look in Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani where Ranveer Singh and Alia Batt play the title roles
A source from the core crew informs, “Who says women after a certain age cannot be glamorous? Gayatri Devi and Sharmila Tagore are prime examples of ultimate autumnal glamour. Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan have great potential for being glammed up and we are going to make full use of their towering personalities to dress them up as divas.”