Rohini Hattangadi was a novice of three films ‘when she was asked to act in Gandhi’

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Rohini reliving the character of Kasturba with Ben Kingsley in Gandhi.

Sixty-five-year old actress Rohini Hattangadi who played Kasturba Gandhi opposite British actor Ben Kingsley at the age of 27 says the character she played as the wife of iconic Indian national hero is a huge milestone of her career.

She may be one Indian actress who has played the character of mother in the most number of films . She has honed her skills in the theatre. Rohini says she had acted only in three films when she got the ground-breaking role in her career.

Explaining how she was pushed to do the role, she says it was Dolly Thakur, who approached her for the audition as she knew her from her Marathi cinema days. “I was working in Marathi cinema after finishing my course in National School of Drama (NSD). I got to know that Sir Richard was looking for actresses to play Kasturba. Dolly got in touch with me. I met him and he called me for a screen test in England. It was the first time, I travelled out of the country.” Rohini says.

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Dolly is a veteran Indian theatre actress and casting director.

“Once in London, we were given our scenes to do. I did the scene with Ben Kingsley, who had come for the audition. We did the scene from South Africa where Kasturba refuses to clean the toilet. A month later, they told me I was on for the part. I was told to lose about five kgs.”

Gandhi will be screened as part of Zee Classic’s India’s Finest Films. – CINEWS

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