Boman Irani reveals why he initially turned down 'Uunchai'

Uunchai is an on-the-road film from Delhi to the foothills of Mount Everest. This is a first of a kind for Sooraj Barjatya

Boman Irani
Boman Irani

Subhash K Jha

When director Sooraj R Barjatya thought of making a film post Covid, it was one about hope, happiness and how one should climb the various day-to-day Himalayas in our life. Thus, Rajshri Productions' Uunchai was born.

The first person who came to Sooraj's mind as the protagonist in this climb subject was Amitabh Bachchan.

“Amit ji really liked the thought  behind  the script that we all have our Everest inside us, strengthening us each day,” says Sooraj, who was elated when Amitabh Bachchan gave the nod for the film.

Next came Anupam Kher who has worked  with Rajshri from Saaransh for almost four decades. Admitting that Rajshri is family, Anupam took in the task to bring in Boman Irani who was hesitant to take up any film post a recent personal tragedy where he lost his best friend.

Says Anupam, "Boman is my friend. As is Sooraj. If Sooraj wanted Boman, he should get him, and besides, Boman should not miss this opportunity of being part of such a beautiful film with Sooraj Barjatya. So I brought them together just as any good friend would."

Thus unwittingly, the making of Uunchai became about family, friendship and hope.

Today, looking back, an emotional Boman Irani says, "I think Anupam is a generous actor who wanted the fellow actor in me to do this beautiful film. Rajshri is a temple to me today. Looking back, I feel Uunchai is a fitting tribute to my late friend."

Uunchai is the story of Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani, Sarika, Neena Gupta and Parineeti Chopra's tryst with fate. It is an on-the-road film from Delhi to the foothills of Mount Everest, the base camp to be precise. The songs set the rhythm and pace of the film and are background songs that set the mood during the road trip. This is a first of a kind for Sooraj Barjatya.

The weddings and rituals are replaced by the protagonist senior citizens whose lives change with the car journey to find their calling at Mount Everest base camp. 

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