Minissha regrets losing Rs 500 prize money for 'Well Done Abba

Minissha regrets losing Rs 500 prize money for 'Well Done Abba

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Reason being that this amount had a certain prestige attached to it and for the 25-year-old actress, it was an opportunity of the life time to be bestowed with this honour.

"Well, Shyam Sir has a standing rule in every film of his that whoever successfully contributes with the title is given Rs 500," said Minissha, who was one of the many volunteers who took up the challenge.

"This amount has remained just the same for 35 years but most importantly, it is notable for the prestige that it carries with it. It is unmatchable though today, all I can imagine is the kind of high that you can get once Shyam Sir hands you over that amount. I am sure it would be much higher than all the money that you get as a remuneration for your job as an actor," Minissha said.

Earlier titled 'Abba Ka Kuan', the film went through a title change. Quite a few came up with alternate titles, including Minissha, but the ultimate winner was the writer of the film, Ashok Mishra. He is the same man who also wrote Benegal's last film 'Welcome To Sajjanpur' as also Jagmohan Mundhra's critically acclaimed 'Bawandar'.
"Everyone came up with his or her suggestion. I also had a couple of ideas for the title. We all got into a nice little healthy competition because more than the amount, it was the winning of the prize money which was important. However, Mishra ji came up with the best of all. The title 'Well Done Abba' rightly emphasizes the film's real character," Minissha said.

Alhough she may not have come up with the best possible title, Minissha is happy that there is a lot more that she gained from working in the film.

"Working with Shyam Benegal has been like taking a crash course in an institution," Minissha said about her experience while working in 'Well Done Abba'.
"One has to be simply open minded enough to learn on the job. I had to be committed enough to such a level where I had to be stay back even after my scenes to give cues to the co-stars. Normally an assistant does that but on Shyam Sir's sets, it is a standing rule that every actor passes the cue. Now that's something that I really enjoyed because such a process is all the more exciting," Minissha said. PTI CORR RTK VSS RTK 04021050

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