Farrukh Jaffar recalls going shopping in disguise with her ‘Umrao Jaan’ co-star Rekha in Lucknow, says they were mobbed


Farrukh Jaffar earned accolades for her performance in Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo and when you have two powerhouse actors in Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana opposite you that is no mean feat. The actress in a recent interview revealed that her Umrao Jaan co-star Rekha sneaked into a Lucknow shop with her but was soon mobbed.

Speaking to an online portal, Farrukh said, “Rekha ne mujhe pasand kiya, mujhe bahut khushi hui aur intehaan ho gayi ki thi ki wo kapde bhi pehenti thi, toh bagaair mere pooche nahi pehenti thi. Kaun sa kapda pehnu. (I was happy when Rekha liked me, but it was too much when she started taking my suggestions for her clothes as well).”

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Sharing an incident from their time in Lucknow while shooting for Muzzafar Ali’s Umrao Jaan, Farrukh recalled how they were mobbed and said, “Kehne lagi Farrukh Khala, aisa nahi hoga ki mai Lucknow aayi aur Lucknow ghoomi nahi. Mujhe Lucknow ghuma do. Maine kaha mere sath chalna hai toh shart hai ki tumhe burkha odh ke chalna hoga. Toh kehne lagi jo aap kahe wo manzoor magar mai ghoomugi zaroor. Kehti waha chaliye mujhe leke, mai waha gayi toh pata nahi kaise kisi ko maloom ho gaya ki Rekha dukaan par aayi. (Rekha wanted to roam around the city and I told her she must wear a burkha if she wants to roam around with me and she agreed. Then we went to this shop from where I used to buy perfume. Somehow, word got out that Rekha was in the shop.”

Farrukh played the role of Mirza’s wife in Gulabo Sitabo. She has also worked in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Photograph, Irrfan Khan’s The Lunchbox, and earlier in Shah Rukh Khan’s Swades and also in Raghubir Yadav’s Peepli Live.

(Source: Zoom TV)