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Shekhar’s Paani is ready to roll in Spain

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 16, 2009)


Shekhar Kapoor flew into Chennai earlier this month to record his first song for Paani, officially flagging off his first feature film undertaking since the sequel to Elizabeth two years ago.

Says Shekhar, “Paani is now completely on. We start shooting in April 2010. We’re at a pre-visualisation stage. And I needed Rahman’s song for that. Since it is located in a futuristic city, I’ve artistes in Los Angeles, Singapore and India creating my city.”

While the film is set in futuristic Mumbai, Shekhar plans to shoot in Spain. “I’ve had a big offer from Spain to shoot the film in their country. They too are fascinated by the water theme. It’s a massive project. Otherwise it wouldn’t interest me.”

The film will star newcomers in the lead. Says Shekhar, “The girl has to be a 17-year old French-Canadian who lives in the Upper City (the posh area) of  Mumbai. And the young Indian boy is a desi Leonardo DiCaprio who’s a water revolutionary.”

The film is a forbidden love story. “The girl’s father is the global head of a water company. We need another girl, a smouldering entertainer like Shakira, who’s a big star in the Upper and the Lower City. Then there’s an Oracle called Amma.”

Shekhar will cast the hero from India while the girl will be cast internationally. He swears he hasn’t decided a single member of the vast cast as yet. “You know I had planned whole schedules of Elizabeth and I hadn’t found the actress to play the lead. And since Elizabeth wasn’t cast, no one else was. The studios were getting frantic with worry. We tested a hundred actresses. I wasn’t the least worried. I knew I’d find my Elizabeth. I saw two shots of Cate Blanchett in a film no one had seen and I decided on her. The most difficult actor to cast was Richard Attenborough. Likewise I’m not worried about Paani.”

The spoken language of Paani would be English. But there will be a dubbed Hindi version. “Even the characters of the Lower City would be speaking English. Slumdog Millionaire has proved that language is no barrier. Even though all the Indians spoke English, the language didn’t come in the way of credible self-expression. I will have a dubbed Hindi version too.”

Paani will be readied in time for the Venice Film Festival in 2011.

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On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur visited his maternal uncle Dev Anand after eight years; regrets not being in touch with him

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


On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur decided to pay his mother Sheel Kanta Kapur’s brother, Dev Anand, a visit after eight years. Shekhar says, “It was a time of great reflection for me. As I looked back I suddenly realised I hadn’t met this amazing man for almost eight years. I told myself it’s time to learn a little bit about life from Dev Saab. He’s a karmyogi, completely fearless. I admire myself for being completely fearless. But I think he is even more fearless than I am.

Having met Dev Saab after so long, Shekhar now regrets not being in touch with him. Shekhar confesses, “I didn’t even meet him after Goldie (Vijay Anand) Saab’s death, my fault. I was constantly travelling in recent years. I needed to reconnect with this amazing man who has gone through so many ups and downs in his life and yet continues to be tireless in his enthusiasm for filmmaking. Wherever he goes, he’s cheered and applauded. Maybe people don’t like to see his films any more, but the love for the man simply grows wherever he goes.”

Shekhar says he loves challenges just like Dev Saab, “Tell me something can’t be done and I’ll do it. Ever since I was a kid I’d swim into the deep ocean. I’d ride the motorcycle the wrong way to see if death can get me. Don’t turn to me or Dev Saab and say something is impossible. They told me it was impossible for an accountant to be a director. I proved them wrong.”

Shekhar has come away from his meeting with Dev Saab determined to correct the fact that he isn’t a prolific director yet. He tells us about his keen interest in New Media, “I know I haven’t made that many movies. Look at Dev Saab’s output. But the fact is, after directing The Golden Age (the sequel to Elizabeth ) I became keenly interested in New Media. Two guys in a garage got together and conceived You Tube. That made the way we access the world completely different. I started learning and lecturing on New Media because I thought sharing information and not harping on copyrights was the new mantra.”

Shekhar says he will now make films in a row. He informs us,”Why can’t a film be like a symphony? Why are we stuck on telling stories? Nobody looks at a painting and asks what the story is. I want to make films that make suggestions and create an emotional connect with the audience.”

Shekhar Kapur Dev Anand

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