Anu Malik, Shaan, Ila Arun and Baba Sehgal to star in Kajol’s latest film, Helicopter Eela
By Bryan Durham - August 8, 2018
Kajol’s upcoming movie, Helicopter Eela will have singers Anu Malik, Shaan, Ila Arun and Baba Sehgal in guest appearances.
When asked, director Pradeep Sarkar said, “Since the role spans from the 1990s to 2018, with Kajol playing an aspiring singer, we wanted to recreate the music scene of that decade for one of the most important sequences. And since it was vital that we keep it authentic, we decided to get in touch with these four industry stalwarts who graciously agreed to be a part of the film. They haven’t changed much over the years so that fit the part well. Kajol’s Eela meets all of them separately at a party and we had a great time shooting it.”
Adds Sarkar, “Also, since they are all playing themselves, I wanted the shoot to be spontaneous and believable, so we avoided rehearsing them,” says the National Award- winning filmmaker.
The shoot doubled up as a reunion for the musicians. “Bahut gaana bajana hua (there was a lot of singing and playing instruments), it was a complete riot. You’ll have to see it to believe it,” the director signs off.
In Helicopter Eela, Kajol will be seen in two looks that vary from a college-goer to the single mother of a teenage boy. The role is a teenage boy is essayed by Riddhi Sen.
The movie, which is produced by Ajay Devgn and Jayantilal Gada (PEN), also features several lesser known musicians and is all set to release on September 7, 2018.>