Trisha’s maiden Bollywood flick Khatta Meetha, directed by Priyadarshan has been passed by the censors with a clean ‘U’ certificate.
It was Director Priyadarshan who introduced Trisha as a Heroine in Kollywood through ‘Lesa Lesa’. The film songs became super hit even though the film failed to reach the audience.
When asked about Trisha, who’s making her Bollywood debut with this film, Priyadarshan waxes eloquent. “Trisha is my baby. I discovered her while doing an ad film and cast her in my Lesa Lesa,” he reveals, “I did not consider her as a great artiste at that time, but over the years, she has made me proud with her achievements.
“This film is a satirical comedy loosely based on my 1989 Mohanlal-Shobhana starrer Vellanakulde Nadu. In my film, she’s stepping into a role done by Shobhana, one of the finest actresses in India. After watching the first copy, I’m convinced that Trisha has done justice to her role.”
About questions being asked in Kollywood on why Trisha is not getting the kind of media hype and promotion that Asin got at the time of her launch in Mumbai, Priyan shoots back, “Asin had given her dates to Aamir Khan and her focus was completely on her launch vehicle, which paid rich dividends. Trisha, I’m told, is shooting somewhere in Europe for a Tamil film. She should have been here now and attending promotional activities with Akshay Kumar in North Indian cities. I strongly believe in Bollywood’s marketing strategy — promote or perish.”
On the film story, the director said, “A year ago, I read an interesting survey that out of the budget allocated for development of infrastructure in India, only 30 per cent is actually spent on it. The remaining 70 per cent goes into the corrupt hands of politicians, middlemen and local administration. In this film, Akshay Kumar essaying the role of a struggling but honest road contractor (Sachin Tichkule) who ultimately succumbs to the corrupt system. Trisha plays Gehna Ganpule, municipal commissioner in the same town, and ex-girlfriend of Sachin who now hates him!