The new Jayalalitha webseries entitled Queen starts off with Shakthi Sheshadri(Ramya Krishnan) conversing with a television chatshow hostess.
Everybody knows about Simi Garewal’s historic interview with Jayalalitha on Rendezvous With Simi Garewal where the supreme stateswoman opened up like never before.
Simi claims that Gautham Menon’s webseries not only copies her conversation with Jayalalitha , but that in fact she was offered the role of the tv anchor on Queen which she says she refused on ethical grounds.
However Gautham denies that his chat show hostess had anything to do with Garewal . “Lilette Dubey makes a great talk show host. She’s a great conversationalist and makes the interview very real. When you see her speak to Shakthi, it will hit all the right cords and make you live Shakthi’s life with her.”
Adds Lilette, “I wasn’t trying to play or copy Simi Garewal exactly .That wasn’t my brief either’
I knew this was an interview where the real-life Queen had opened up and I was trying to play an empathetic interviewer .So I was trying to recreate more the spirit of the earlier interview and the bond between the interviewer and the interviewee .We were two strong independent women who understood each other at a deeper level .”
However Lilette doesn’t deny watching Rendezvous With Simi Garewal. “I watched Simi’s once only to get a feel of the vibe of the interview ,not to emulate the way it was done
necessarily .I wanted to create the spirit of that interview in my own way .I hope that came through.”