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“Meenakshi Seshadri’s Challenges on ‘Hero’ Set: Battling High Fever, Fainting in Snow During Filming”

Meenakshi Seshadri Recalls Grueling Film Shoots Amidst Adversities, from Fainting in the Snow to Battling High Fever for 'Hero'

In a recent interview with News18 Showsha, Bollywood veteran Meenakshi Seshadri shared anecdotes from her early film career, shedding light on the challenges she faced during the shoots of her iconic films like “Hero” and “Painter Babu.”

Meenakshi recounted a particularly challenging moment during the filming of her debut film “Painter Babu,” where she collapsed and had to be carried on a stretcher. The incident unfolded in the picturesque snow-clad landscapes of Shimla, as she endured multiple takes dressed in attire reminiscent of Dimple Kapadia’s iconic look from “Bobby.”

Describing the arduous experience, Meenakshi stated, “I was dressed like Dimple Kapadia in Bobby, in shorts and a choli, while the hero was layered in two sweaters, a hat, and gloves. After numerous retakes of rolling down a snowy slope, I fainted, losing consciousness due to the numbness in my body. It was quite a frightening situation, and they had to carry me on a stretcher from the shooting spot to the cars.”

The challenges continued during the filming of the song “Nindiya Se Jaagi Bahaar” for the film “Hero.” Despite battling a high fever of 104° degrees in the cold waterfall of Ooty, Meenakshi demonstrated remarkable resilience. She recalled the demanding shooting schedule set by director Subhash Ghai, who allowed her only a brief respite of two days before she had to resume filming.

“Hero,” released in 1983, stands as a testament to Meenakshi’s dedication, winning accolades not only for its storyline but also for its musical composition. Directed by Subhash Ghai, the romantic action film starred Jackie Shroff alongside Meenakshi Seshadri and became a box-office hit. The film was later remade in Tamil and Kannada in the 1980s and saw a Bollywood adaptation in 2015 with the same title.

Meenakshi’s illustrious career spanned 15 years, featuring in a myriad of films across genres. From the 1980s classics like “Love Marriage” and “Satyamev Jayate” to the 1990s hits including “Ghayal” and “Damini,” she left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. Although her last appearance was in the 1993 film “Swami Vivekananda,” Meenakshi Seshadri remains an enduring figure in the hearts of Bollywood enthusiasts, celebrated for her remarkable contributions to the industry.

Sources By Agencies

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