Introducing Vidya Balan's partner in crime
RJ Malishka debuts with Vidya Balan's latest release
Her voice wakes up most Mumbaikars every morning. Malishka Mendonsa, more popularly known as RJ Malishka of Morning No.1 on RedFM 93.5 radio station, debuts in Bollywood with Tumhari Sulu that releases today. Malishka plays the role of RJ Albeli Anjali who grooms Sulu aka Sulochana, played by Vidya Balan, as a radio presenter.
Though there are many popular radio jockeys, Malishka was chosen purely on the basis of her credibility as an RJ. Talking about how she bagged this role, she recollects, "I was at a fashion icon awards event and was stage when Atul Kasbekar also came up and we all were generally talking. Suddenly, he made an announcement about Tumhari Sulu and said, 'of course, Malishka will be a part of it,' and I was like huh? He has already decided and not even told me! Then Tanuj Garg who is the other producer and is a huge radio fan, got in touch and said, 'why don't you do this film, we can't think of anyone better,' I was totally for it." Malishka, who had earlier trained Vidya for Lage Raho Munna Bhai, where the latter played a morning show radio jockey, was excited to work with the actress again.
"Vidya's character is that of a typical housewife who is unabashedly honest and doesn't mind ambling for her prize. Her character wants a TV instead of the pressure cooker that she has won on a radio contest," reveals Malishka. Along with Malishka, the other woman giving Vidya company is the feisty Neha Dhupia who plays the role of Maria, Sulu's boss. All the three women, powerhouses in their own right did bring a whole lot of energy to the sets and will be seen shaking a leg in the song Hawa Hawai. "Neha is a firecracker, while Vidya is a big prankster. I remember when once we were in the lift, Vidya pulled her make-up artist's leg by telling me loudly that he is my big fan... She is a fun person and makes everyone comfortable," says Malishka who seems to have found a fan in Vidya.
The RJ was gifted with a personalised leather vanity bag from Vidya during the shoot, "That bag is huge and is embossed with my name, all my make-up essentials fit in," enthuses Malishka. The RJ who is known for taking up civic issues on her radio show will be seen next on Entertainment Ki Raat, a reality TV show on Colors.