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Zarina’s maachh-bhaat date

If the husband does it, can wifey be far behind? Even as hubby Aditya Pancholi’s Tolly debut Idiot beamed on screens across town, Zarina Wahab quietly shot for her first Bengali film Khusboo, directed by Nehal Dutta, at a north Calcutta residence.

“I saw Idiot on Saturday and I really, really liked the film,” Zarina told t2 in between shots. “I have always wanted to do a Bengali film as I have done Tamil, Telugu and Marathi films. I met Nehal at a party in Mumbai where he promised me a Bengali film soon,” smiled Zarina, who plays Parvin, a yesteryear courtesan in Khusboo.

“There’s not much to talk about my role except that Parvin was a courtesan in her heyday and now brings up a girl as her daughter (newcomer Jeniva). It’s nice working in Calcutta and my only condition was that I should be given Bengali food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and believe me, that’s all I am eating — maachh, bhaat to mishti doi!”

The actress will be back for the second schedule in December. “I plan to go around the city a bit the next time.”

Zarina — the Gharonda girl who recently played Hrithik Roshan’s mother in Agneepath — is keen to do her own dubbing. “I am already speaking a lot of Bengali and my dialogues are partly in Hindi, so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

What was it like directing Zarina in his second Bengali film (after Palatak)? “More than being a good actress, she is so humble. She talks to everyone on the sets with so much respect... I am overwhelmed,” said Nehal.

“Khusboo is about the baijis of Calcutta. They are still there in Bowbazar but they don’t perform mujras anymore. I have been to a baijibari in Bowbazar for research and have based my film on them,” he added.