By Subhash K Jha
Just when the jury is out on which Indian film goes to the Oscars this year comes the news that could possibly clinch the matter in favour of Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish.
Apparently Meryl Streep has seen this highly influential film about a Maharashtrian woman struggling with the English language in America and has given her go-ahead to a film with the English Vinglish heroine Sridevi.
The film entitled Cowboys & Indians is to be directed by American superstar Robert Redford’s daughter Amy Redford.
Interestingly Sridevi has appointed no casting agent in the US . Apparently both Amy and Meryl have shown a keen interest in this film solely on the basis of Sridevi’s sterling performance in English Vinglish.
And now the script awaits the approval of Sridevi’s elder daughter Jhanvi.
Says Sridevi’s doting husband Boney Kapoor, “Yes, Sri has received the script for the project that you’ve mentioned with Meryl Streep. We’re yet to read it. Our daughter Jhanvi will read and approve it first. Only then would Sridevi and I go through it. But yes, in principle the project sounds right as a follow-up to English Vinglish for Sri.”
Unlike the cameos that many Bollywood superstars are happy doing in Hollywood films Sridevi’s role in Cowboys & Indians is a full-fledged one .Apparently both Meryl and Sridevi have equal roles.
At the moment Sridevi flies to Chennai to to felicitated on September 24 as part of the celebration of 100 Years Of Cinema.