SHE can switch roles as quick as a chameleon but this one was something that needed a little more than a deft flick of the wrist and a witty turn of phrase. And so when activist-MP, Shabana Azmi, decided to don the mantle and pick up a role in a children's film, she spent hours and days poring over texts and photographs.
After all, it isn't everyday that you get to play the wicked witch. As the horrible, ugly child-hunting sorceress in director Vishal Bhardwaj's film, "Makdi", Azmi realised that she had to do more than the usual homework. She pored over books, spoke to endless number of designers and even took a trip to the museum to see what would fit the bill. The end is something that kids will revolt on seeing an Azmi all scaly, reptilian, creepy and crawly. To add to this, Azmi wore a wild wig and stilts that put her at six feet.
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