Look at the irony of things. Mandakini’s famous wet white saree scene – you know, the one where her assets are on display under a waterfall from Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) -has travelled a full circle.
About 28 years after the scene captured the imagination of India and the mafia, it is all set to be enacted by Kareena Kapoor, Raj Kapoor’s grand-daughter, say sources.
So how did this happen? Well, Kareena has given her nod to Ekta Kapoor’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai sequel where Akshay Kumar plays a role inspired by Dawood Ibrahim. Kareena plays his love interest. Yes, the actress’ role is inspired by Mandakini.
Mafia folklore has it that the gangster was infatuated with the light-eyed Ram Teri… lead actress after he watched the famous waterfall scene repeatedly. Naturally, Milan Luthria cannot make his OUATIM sequel without touching on the scene in some way.
Insiders say that when Kareena was informed that this scene was a part of the film, she was pretty okay with it. The actress and her director will not comment on it at this juncture because it makes more sense to keep the ‘will-she won’t-she do a Mandakini’ speculation alive. But a source says, “Bebo is not averse to the idea of doing the water scene, so long as it is aesthetically shot. She knows Milan’s sensibilities are very good.” Back to the million-dollar question: Will Bebo do a waterfall scene, though it may be a watered down version of the original done in her grandfather’s film? “Yes, she will,” says our source. TOI