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Meenakshi Shesadri recalls ‘nerve-wracking’ kissing scene with Sunny Deol in ‘Dacait’

Veteran Bollywood actress, Meenakshi Seshadri has recently opened up about her filming intimate scenes with co-star Sunny Deol in Dacait.

Both Seshadri and Deol shared a great camaraderie on-screen and did several films in the 80s and 90s such as Dacait, Ghayal, Damini, and Ghatak. However, after the 1990s, Seshadri has not acted in any Bollywood movie so far.

During a recent interview, Meenakshi revealed that she was quite nervous while shooting the kissing scene with Sunny in Dacait but the latter turned out to be quite a ‘gentleman’ for her and made her comfortable in every way.

Meenakshi lavishes praise on her co-star Sunny Deol

In the interview, she also revealed that it was the first time that she was paired alongside Deol in Dacait. She says,

We had a romantic song in which we’re both on a boat before the song starts and he kisses me. It was an actual kiss. It was a little nerve-wracking for me because I am very conservative.

Adding further, she says,

He was such a gentleman. He was so relaxed and so easy to work with that it went through so smoothly. And I think that’s the reason why all other movies that I did with him, we had this very good equation and understanding.

Seshadri’s Bollywood journey over the years

Meenakshi started her journey in Bollywood with the film Painter Babu in 1983. But, she found fame with Subhash Ghai’s Hero where she was paired alongside Jackie Shroff. The film and its songs became a super hit with audiences and are still remembered today.

Apart from this, she has worked in several films such as Aandhi-Toofan, Meri Jung, Swati, Dilwaala, Inaam Dus Hazaar, Parivaar, Shahenshah, Mahaadev, Awaargi, Jurm, Ghar Ho To Aisa, and Duet.

Her last film appearance was in Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Once Again, as Varsha in a flashback scene from Rajkumar Santoshi’s 1990 action-drama.

Sunny Deol gearing up for new projects

On the other hand, Sunny Deol is also busily preparing himself for his upcoming projects. His next film is once again with his Ghayal director, Rajkumar Santoshi titled Lahore 1947. The film also features Preity Zinta and his son, Karan Deol.

Sunny’s last film appearance was Gadar 2 directed by Anil Sharma which also became a hit like its predecessor in 2001.

Santoshi has also directed many films featuring Sunny Deol which are Damini and Ghatak. Lahore 1947 is the story revolving around the India-Pakistan partition of the same year.

Over the years, almost all of Sunny’s films have gone on to be superhits and fans love his performances. Even Gadar 2 wowed audiences as they blew whistles at Sunny’s performances in the film.

Meanwhile, Seshadri is also planning to make a comeback to films and is on the lookout for good projects that fit her personality and image.

Some information about Dacait

The film was directed by Rahul Rawail and starred Meenakshi Seshadri, Sunny Deol, Rakhee, and Raza Murad in the lead roles.

Moreover, the film was written by Javed Akhtar and it became a blockbuster at the box office. Meenakshi admitted that the kissing scene made her a bit stressed out, but Sunny made it easy for her.

Additionally, during the same interview, she revealed that she was ousted from Damini by Rajkumar Santoshi because she declined his advances and marriage proposal. After her ousting, she went to the Producers Guild to get the project back and was eventually awarded the same.

Says Meenakshi on the topic,

The courage to stand up was important because nobody should be told they aren’t required anymore. It had several implications for rules in the workforce and beyond. I dealt with it by keeping quiet. I just said that I will choose not to comment on this as it is below my dignity to turn this into a fight. This is not a fight.

She concluded the interview by saying that she wanted to bring a message home to the film fraternity.

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