Zoya Akhtar’s home production Tiger Baby has official social media pages where the filmmaker posts several behind-the-scenes moments from her films. In the latest video, Abhay Deol narrated the story behind the hit scene from ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara‘ where the term ‘Mental Buoys’ was coined. The actor shared about the shooting moments with his co-stars Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar. Abhay also revealed that Hrithik almost killed Farhan and him during one of the shoot sequences.
Abhay is heard saying, “I remember this scene in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ really well. So, there was Zoya and Farhan’s teacher in Maneckji, who couldn’t say ‘boy’, he would ‘buoy’ and ‘mantal’ and they would make fun of him. Zoya was like that’s where it comes from, this is sort of like taking the piss out of our teacher. I was like, ‘why are you giving it to me?! I’m not the Maneckji kid’.”
Abhay further added “So I think the irony of this scene was that I didn’t actually hear the man say it the way he did. This scene just kind of became iconic of the movie, ‘the buoys, the mantal buoys’, much bigger than I imagined it would go, this particular part. I was so happy that people responded to it cause I was like, ‘I’m gonna ruin their teacher and this is all wrong’, oh well, Zoya seems happy, she was laughing.”
About Hrithik almost ‘killing’ them, Abhay went on to say, “I also remember before shooting this scene, Hrithik almost killed me and Farhan. How he did that was, he was behind the driver’s seat and he drove the car into this corner to park it, on the side, for the background of the shot and forgot to switch the car off! Just opens the door and walks out of it and then suddenly jumps back in cause the car started going forward to go down the hill.”
He concluded by saying, “Farhan was really fast, I remember he jumped out immediately and I just sat there thinking, ‘I’m gonna die now’. Ah, I need to be a lot faster about such things.”