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Arun Dutt asks Anurag Kashyap to tone down the controversial details about his father Guru Dutt’s personal life in his script

By Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 26, 2009)


Anurag Kashyap is facing a serious hurdle. As he writes the biopic on the late Guru Dutt, the legend’s son Arun has raised objections. He has asked Anurag to tone down the controversial portions of Dutt’s personal life.

The untitled project is said to focus on the late filmmaker’s failed marriage to singer Geeta Dutt, his alleged affair with Waheeda Rehman and the uncanny circumstances surrounding Geeta’s death at the age of 41. The film will be directed by Shivendra Dungarpur.

(L): Geeta Dutt (R): Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman


A source says, “It is natural for Arun to tell Anurag that he can’t go all out in his script. Certain portions, if not handled well, might turn out to be in bad taste.”

Arun confirmed that he had laid down a few dos and don’ts about the details regarding his father’s life. He says, “That’s right. I don’t want the personal details to be sensationalised. Otherwise, I have no problem. Shivendra has done a lot of research on my father and this film is very close to his heart. Munnir Kabir (a writer and TV producer)

Anurag Kashyap

wants to make a film on my dad too. That will focus around 1957, when my dad made Pyaasa. But Anurag’s script focuses on my dad’s entire life.”

Whe Kashyap finishes his script, he will show it to Arun. “He will ask Kashyap to incorporate any changes,” the source added.  Anurag  remained unavailable for comment.

Posted on: December 18, 2009

Paresh Mokashi screened Harishchandrachi Factory at various American universities when he visited the country recently

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 18, 2009)


Last month, while Paresh Mokashi was in the US to check his film Harishchandrachi Factory’s prospects at the Oscars, he got a chance to screen the biopic on the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, at the Smithsonian University in Washington, followed by another screening at the University Of Southern California.

“These two major screenings were followed by other smaller screenings in schools and universities. I was completely floored by the American curiosity about Dadasaheb Phalke,” says Mokashi.

Paresh Mokashi

Mokashi, who is happy with the response he is getting to his film, says, “The Americans had vaguely heard of the father of Indian cinema. But not many of them were familiar with our films. To my surprise, they responded to my Marathi film on Phalke without language barriers. They laughed at the right places, cried at the right places and held their peace when needed.”

But for the India release of Harishchandrachi Factory on January 22, Mokashi is gearing up for a dubbed Hindi version. He reveals, “I know the flavour of the dialogue will be lost in translation. But the important thing is to take the film to a wider audience. I’d rather have Phalke speak in Hindi than restrict his views to a Marathi-speaking audience.”

Mokashi refuses to see the Oscars as a reason to lobby. He denies having any interaction with the judges and says, “The process of selection for the nomination is done in utmost secrecy. I wasn’t supposed to meet any member of the Oscar committee or jury. I just submitted the film for their viewing and left.”

On the way back from Los Angeles, he stopped in London to submit Harishchandrachi Factory for the BAFTA (the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts) too. “Now I’ll go back only if I’m nominated for the Oscars or the BAFTA,” promises Mokashi.

Harishchandrachi Factory

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 09, 2009)

Almost overnight, Vivek Oberoi who’s doing Ram Gopal Varma’s two-part marathon bio-pic Rakta Charitra, has slipped into the Telugu version of the film as well. Earlier, Vivek was slated to do only the Hindi version, while a new Telugu actor Aadhi was supposed to act in the Telugu version with veteran Mohan Babu as NT Rama Rao. But then Ram Gopal Varma did a look test with Vivek Oberoi.

A source close to Vivek says, “When Ramu did a look test, he immediately decided that Vivek was the right actor to play the role in both the versions. The only problem was, Vivek didn’t know how to speak Telugu… Or so Ramu thought. Actually, Vivek knows better Telugu than Ramu, although the latter is from Andhra Pradesh.” Vivek’s father Suresh Oberoi is from Andhra Pradesh and Vivek is familiar, though not fluent, in Telugu. The source adds, “Vivek has now employed a Telugu tutor in Hyderabad who is teaching the actor the nuances of the language. Fortunately, Vivek is a fast learner. He also insists on talking only in Telugu to everyone in Hyderabad, including his director who can barely speak his mother tongue.”

Vivek Oberoi

Ram Gopal Varma

Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 22, 2009)



Once again a Marathi film has made it as India’s entry to the Oscar this year. Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory, a biopic on Dadasaheb Phalke, was unanimously chosen by the Film Federation of India’s jury on Sunday.


Jury chairperson Asha Parekh said, “Twelve films were nominated, but the jury unanimously voted for this film, which is about the making of the country’s first motion picture.’’ Mokashi added, “ It is on the making of Phalke’s film and goes up to his third one. It does not cover his entire life.’’


Executive producer Shrirang Godbole said, “ We will meet the FFI and decide the strategy for the film’s publicity. It is scheduled to released by the year-end. Sandeep Sawant’s Shwaas (2004) was the last Marathi film to be chosen as India’s Oscar entry. It’s producers raised funds to promote the film, but it failed to clear the first round of nominations in the Foreign Language category.


Other films in the running included Dev D, Dilli 6, Fashion, New York, Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, Kaminey and the unreleased What’s Your Raashee?. The only offering from the south was T Hariharan’s Malayalam film Pazhassi Raja starring Mamoothy.


Kabir Khan, director of New York said, “I am glad a regional film has been selected. It will be really interesting to see the making of the first motion picture of India.”
bharati.dubey@timesgroup.com

Anurag Kashyap is making a film on the life of the revolutionary poet, Pash, with Irrfan Khan playing the man who challenged the establishment
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 22, 2009)

Irrfan Khan

Anurag Kashyap

Unknown to anyone, Anurag Kashyap has been travelling all over Punjab in the past few months, gathering information on the revolutionary poet, fondly called Pash. It looks like his plans of making a biopic on Guru Dutt are on the back-burner as his work on Pash, whose real name was Avtar Singh Sandhu, is occupying all his time and            interest.

Pash is to Punjabi literature what Pablo Neruda was to Chile, a direct, deep voice of dissent which threatened the establishment so much that they packed the poet off to jail on false charges. Pash died at the age of 38 under mysterious circumstances and Anurag has spent the last months piecing together the mysterious life of the revolutionary poet, whose lines form a huge part of Punjab’s rich cultural heritage.

To play the poet in a film adaptation of his life, produced by UTV, Anurag has zeroed in on Irrfan Khan. The actor too, has been busy preparing studiously for what might just be his most challenging role till date.

Our source said, “Irrfan is reading up on Pash, his poetry and life. He’s also learning Punjabi and is taking singing lessons so that he can recite Pash’s poems well in his own voice.”

While people close to the film remained tightlipped, Anurag sent us a cryptic message that said, ‘I finished shooting it.’ He refused to elaborate further. Our sources, however, insist that Anurag is yet to even begin the shoot. The producers are being extra cautious about the film because Pash continues to be a controversial figure in Punjab even today.

“Anyone can try to stop the project,” said a source. Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV said, “The film is still in development stage.”



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