relationship with me. I remember, as a child, I too used to get a lot of nightmares. Then I would go to my parents' room and hug my dad and sleep. I just knew that with his touch I was safe. He has always been this one person who takes care of everything. I remember my dad telling me after watching the film, “but we were never such harsh parents to you” and I told them “but it's not you”. But today when I look back at the entire film I think so much of it is like me, even more than Dominique D'Souza... and recent incidents have made this film even more special.
My sister Irene became what Anu was for Nikhil and now I understand what it means for Nikhil to be able to come back. My dad and mom called me from Calcutta and told me “we love you for what you are, and want to spend our life by your side”. I realised that with the gift of their unconditional love I AM a much stronger person and can be proud of who I AM . The true significance of that scene has finally arrived home...
My other favourite scene...
EXT. OF NIKHIL'S HOUSE VERANDAH — NIGHT
Anamika (Juhi Chawla) comes and sits besides Nigel, taking his arm.
ANAMIKA: Is he sleeping?
NIGEL: Aunty is with him.
ANAMIKA: How is he?
Nigel shakes his head.
NIGEL: Go in, he was remembering you.
ANAMIKA: I can't go in...
NIGEL: You have to be strong Anu.
ANAMIKA: I can't be strong anymore. I can't be strong… Tell him that I've gone away… I can't see him like this. I don't want to cry in front of him.
She breaks down. Nigel hugs her.
This is the last day of Nikhil's life, when the entire family knows that he might breathe his last anytime. Anamika, who has been this strong sister all through the film — never breaking down and just fighting on — finally confesses that she cannot keep that up anymore. I remember that while shooting this scene, I was so moved emotionally that I could not say ‘cut'. I was crying. Finally Arvind, my DoP, called cut.