Actress Lisa Haydon says she's a fan of Rati Agnihotri's performance in the 1982 film "Shaukeen", which has inspired the forthcoming film "The Shaukeens".
"Shaukeen", a cult film by Basu Chatterjee, starred Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt, A.K. Hangal and Rati in key roles.
The new age film "The Shaukeens", which releases Friday, features Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra.
Lisa said: "Rati Agnihotri was fantastic in the (1982) film. I completely loved her."
She also clarified that her character Ahana in "The Shaukeens" is very different from Rati's part.
"I am enjoying the fact that the humour in this comedy is very self-deprecating. Every actor has made a great effort to laugh at himself," she said.
The experience of working on "The Shaukeens" has been
wonderful for Lisa, who has been noticed for her work in "Aisha" and "Queen" in the past.
"'Queen' was equally satisfying in its own way, even though it was a small film. 'The Shaukeens' has given me an opportunity to work with amazing actors. I don't think I have seen a comedy like this in Indian cinema before," she said.
The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma.
Lisa's role was earlier offered to Nargis Fakhri. But no, she isn't complaining.
"I don't complain about my blessings," said the dusky beauty.