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HARD TALK: Mira Nair

SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; November 27, 2009)

After the mixed response to her latest Hollywood bigbudget film Amelia, Mira Nair is all set to plunge into a far more contemporary and headline-screaming work. It’s going to be a thriller called The Reluctant Fundamentalist and will be set in Lahore, Chile and New York.

Mira had been angling for the filming rights of Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid’s novel by this name for some time now. The deal has finally come through. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is about the impact 9/11 had on the life of a young Pakistani Muslim in New York and requires an intense Muslim actor to play the protagonist, Changez, who can express bitterness, rage and acceptance within the same scriptzone.

The buzz is that Mira has decided on her old favourite Irrfan Khan with whom she did The Namesake and Kosher Vegetarian. However, there is pressure from the American studios to cast a Hollywood actor in the main role so that the international bestselling novel would get the audience it demands and deserves. Global terrorism is not just a theme that fascinates the international film fraternity. Bollywood has produced at least three talked-about films on it this year. Mira is keen to watch her good friend Karan Johar’s Kurbaan and Kabir Khan’s New York to get a look at another filmmaker’s perspective on how 9/11 changed the world-view for Muslims.
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.”