In a sudden turn of events producers Viacom 18 have decided to release the long-delayed HemaMalini-Raj Kummar Rao starrer Shimla Mirch. The film about a romantic relationship between a young man and an older woman played by Rao and Hemaji ,was shot in 2014. The film then got into serious production issues and was shelved for all practical purposes.
A pity since Shimla Mirch was the great Sholay director Ramesh Sippy’s first directorial venture in 25 years. The super-gifted Ramesh Sippy last directed Zamana Deewana with Shah Rukh Khan and Raveena Tandon in 1995. The film was a disaster and the director of such neo-classics as Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay, Shakti and and Saagar went into a selfimposed hibernation.
Only to return in 2014.When Shimla Mirch was completed and remained unreleased RameshSippy sadly said, “I don’t think that film is going to get released.”
Happily, Sippy was wrong.
The film’s leading lady Hema Malini who has not been seen on screen since Aman Ke Farishay in 2016 is surprised to know about the sudden release of Shimla Mirch. The unbeatable director-actress combo of Ramesh Sippy and Hema Malini created history three times over with Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta and Sholay.
Would they again generate the same hysteria with their fourth outing together in Shimla Mirch?
Says Hema, “I am working with Rameshji after nearly 40 years. But it seems like just the other. We picked up the threads of our association as if the big time-gap didn’t happen in-between. He is very mischievous with me. There is a glint in his eyes and a secret smile that haven’t faded with time. He is still the same. Shooting with Rameshji again was l a lot of fun. Let’s see if this time around we again emerge with something special. Rameshji has given me another very important role in Shimla Mirch. Rameshji insisted. And when I heard the script I knew why. At my age actresses don’t get such important roles that easily.”