When Meenakshi Sheshadri rejected the director's offer, she was removed from the film, the pain came out after 31 years!

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Meenakshi Seshadri was once a famous actress of the Hindi film industry. She has played many strong characters in many memorable films, one of which was Rajkumar Santoshi's 'Damini', which was released in the year 1993. Do you know that the actress went through a bad experience while shooting for this film! In a recent conversation, Meenakshi revealed that she was removed from the film after rejecting Rajkumar Santoshi's romantic proposal and marriage proposal. She told how she remained silent even in that situation and finally got a chance to join the film again thanks to the support of the Producers Guild. Talking to Zoom, Meenakshi Seshadri said, 'Rajkumar Santoshi ji and I decided not to talk about it. This matter is old now. But it was necessary to stand bravely, because no one should say that they are no longer needed. I dealt with it by keeping quiet. I just said that I would choose not to comment on it, because it is against my dignity to turn it into a fight. This is not a fight.'

When the film team ran away with unconscious Meenakshi Sheshadri on a stretcher, the actress told about a 40 year old incident
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'This is the message I wanted to give to the film fraternity and the audience'

Meenakshi Seshadri in Damini

Meenakshi Seshadri in 'Damini'

She further added, “I stood up for what I believed in and if things were going to be okay, we would work together as a team. That was the message I wanted to give to the film fraternity and the audience. I was there to make a great film and 'Damini' was definitely going to be that film.”

'I respect Santoshi ji'

Meenakshi told how the entire Producers Guild supported her, 'I respect everyone associated with the film, especially Santoshi ji, because his vision was great. After all, they say work speaks louder than words, so the Producers Guild, Artist Guild, everyone together made this possible.'

Meenakshi married Harish Mysore

Meenakshi later married Harish Mysore in 1995. The couple has two children, a daughter and a son. Rajkumar Santoshi also found love elsewhere, he married Manila and they became parents to Ram and Tanisha. Meenakshi and Rajkumar Santoshi's first film together was Ghayal (1990). After 'Damini', they worked together again for 'Ghaatak' in 1996.

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