New Delhi, March 10 -- Smriti (Irani) was job-hunting when she ventured into Balaji Telefilms. She needed a job so badly that she wasn't even looking to playing the lead. But then Ekta's (Kapoor) eyes fell on her, and she had declared to her team, 'That girl! She can make India cry. She will be Tulsi.'

The casting director was shocked, but he could not tell Ekta that the girl he had just finished auditioning, just did not have it in her. But no one ever questioned Ekta's decision; she was right, even when she was wrong. Meanwhile before India wept for and with Tulsi, Smriti was driving the entire crew of Balaji to tears. The audition, by Smriti's own admission, was a disaster. 'It was a pathetic delivery.the worst ever,' said Smriti to me....