If "Mai" marks Asha Bhosle's acting debut, it is also Mahesh Kodiyal's first film as a director.
About he the plight of a woman abandoned by her son, "Mai" is made in Hindi and it will come out Feb 1.
"I think Ashaji is a surprise package in the film. Looking at her energy and enthusiasm at this age, we all got surprised. We were moved and became more energetic. Her love and dedication for cinema is commendable," Padmini told reporters at a promotional event of the film.
Talking about the rapport she shared with the singer, Padmini said: "She is like a mother to me. I am so happy that I got to act with her... It felt great to work with her."
"She is a great singer and actress... I am sure everyone will like her. I feel if I would not have worked in this film, then I would have lost out an important opportunity," said Padmini, who made a name for herself with films like "Woh 7 Din, "Prem Rog" and "Pyar Jhukta Nahin"