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Director Revathy Varma’s knee surgery yesterday has delayed Aap Ke Liye Hum’s schedule again. Ayesha Takia is contemplating pulling out of the film
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 08, 2009)

Ayesha Takia

Aap Ke Liye Hum, the film about an adopted mother, seems to be stuck after a series of mishaps. The latest is director Revathy Varma’s emergency knee surgery, which has once again thrown the first major schedule of the film out of gear.

Speaking about why she had to be rushed to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Hospital on Sunday (August 6), the director said, “I had to be brought here for an emergency knee surgery. I fell and hurt myself. There was some swelling. But I ignored it. On Sunday, when I was to start shooting, the pain suddenly resurfaced and got unbearable.”

Revathy underwent successful knee surgery yesterday morning.

This is the third time that the schedule of this film has been cancelled. And the effect has started rubbing off on the cast. Although every member of the cast is demoralised, the one who’s apparently losing patience fast is Ayesha Takia, who plays Jaya Bachchan’s daughter. The actress, who recently got married and is busy with various business and domestic activities, is apparently fed up with delays. It is said that Ayesha’s mother has issued the director an ultimatum. Either the film gets made within a certain time frame this year, or Ayesha opts out. It was loudly whispered that Ayesha Takia failed to turn up for the schedule. But the director denies this. All she says is, “I’m new to the ways of Mumbai. I don’t know how to handle the actors when the camera is off.”

Revathy Varma

Ayesha Takia chose to maintain a diplomatic stand on the issue. She said, “Revathy is in hospital for a knee surgery. She will be bedridden for a while. If there are no serious date issues in the future, then I am doing her film.”

With such uncertainty, it remains to be seen whether the director will now be able to pull off the tough task of bringing together the seemingly-incompatible schedules of three busy housewives, Jaya Bachchan, Raveena Tandon and Ayesha Takia and one very busy South Indian actor Madhavan, after the delays.