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Afternoon is no time for clubbing. Which is why, in space-starved Mumbai, Juhu's Rock Bottom gives up on remixed Punjabi music and opens its doors to filmmakers as an alternate shooting venue. Almost every day sees a television serial being shot here, but today is slightly more glam.

Naseeruddin Shah is striding around the makeshift sets of his debut directorial feature, Yun Hota To Kya Hota. Konkana Sensharma, Irrfan, Ayesha Takia, Arshad Warsi, Naseer's wife Ratna Pathak Shah, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal and Ravi Baswani are some names among an eclectic ensemble cast.

I walk onto the sets and run into Shahana Goswami, a girl I know. Meeting after ages, we dispense with the inevitable 'what are you doing here?' bits, and I catch up with the fact that she is playing a quiet, subdued 18-year-old in the film. Congratulations are in order, and while I must say she isn't anything close to subdued in real life, I guess that's what acting is all about.

The whole scene is rather reminiscent of a party that has just finished. Even as the shoot takes place on one side of the club with the pretty Ayesha Takia, the other half of the room is surreally lit. In dim environs, a dozen or so extras lounge about in club wear. The Great Indian Comedy Show's Ranvir Sheorey, a red tie on his white shirt, is fast asleep amid all the noise and the girlish chatter surrounding him. On a big screen right above us, a football game (the American sport, that is, not soccer) is paused, mid-pass.

In the picture: Ayesha Takia and Ankur Khanna on the sets of Yun Hota To Kya Hota

Text: Raja Sen

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