This week, Gill was signed for the coveted role above the other top contenders for the iconic part–Mallika Sherawat, Malaika Arora and Jacqueline Fernandez– on the strength of her “raw earthy appeal”.
We also hear that Mahie’s seduction of the arch-villain Teja, played by Ajit in the original and by Prakash Raj in the remake, would exceed all the limits imposed by Bindu’s conservative vamping in the 1970s.
While Bindu (married to her husband and to self-censorship when she reigned with her vampish voluptuousness during the 1970s) got away with slit dresses and body stocking showing thunder thighs and buxom torsos in Zanjeer, Mahie, we are told, would be doing some heavy duty love-making scenes with Prakash Raj and would also need to get into better shape for a bikini.
Speaking on behalf of the film’s producers, Reliance Entertainment, Adai Mehra Productions and Flying Turtle Films, Amit Mehra said, “We definitely want Mahie’s ‘Mona Darling’ to go beyond Binduji. If Binduji became synonymous with the character in the 1970s, we want people to shout ‘Mona Darling’ at Mahie when she steps out. Those times when the first Zanjeer was made were different. Today being sexy doesn’t mean performing a cabaret in a slit dress. Mahie will have to be seen performing more horizontal acts with Prakash Raj. And she’ll definitely be seen a bikini.”
Both Mahie and Prakash Raj have been asked to shed kilos urgently. Mahie’s weight is not the only thing that goes from Bindu’s ‘Mona Darling’ act. The sizzling Asha Bhosle number ‘Diljalon Ka Dil Jala Ke‘ has also been done away with. Mahie was apparently most keen to dance to Bindu’s number.
Says Mehra, “We’re doing an entirely new hip and slick club song for Mahie to dance to. With due respects Helenji and Binduji, cabarets are no longer a part of popular nightclub culture.”
Says Mahie, “I was initially apprehensive about doing the part. I wondered if I’d be able to carry it off. It was the director Apoorva Lakhia who convinced me. Now I’m very excited. To recreate the original vamp ‘Mona Darling’ of the 1970s for today’s audience is a challenge. And most of my scenes are with Prakash Raj who is a very good actor. I think I’ll be able to pull it off.”
In the meanwhile all the Punjabi khana that Mahie can’t do without has been forbidden from her diet.
The culture of an overweight seductress went out with Bindu.