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Santosh Sivan to play renowned Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma in Malayalam film Magara Manju
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 04, 2009)

Even as the fate of Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya, based on Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma’s love life remains uncertain, cinematographer-director Santosh Sivan has quietly signed a Malayalam film where he plays the painter. The film is titled Magara Manju (meaning winter mist) and will be dubbed in Hindi and English. The film’s shooting begins next week in Cochin and will be directed by art house director Lenin Rajendran.


Santosh Sivan and Karthika in the first look of Magara Manju

Santosh, whose hands are full with cinematography and direction assignments, was at first hesitant to act in the film. He says, “Director Lenin Rajendran convinced me that I was right for the part. The main attraction for turning to acting is Raja Ravi Varma himself. I empathise very closely with his art as I’ve grown up with it. When I was a kid, my grandmother illustrated her stories with Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings. I also paint a bit. I think I’ve acquired my visual aesthetics from this man. I was also Director of Photography for M F Husain’s Gaja Gamini and his son Owais’s Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities.”

Santosh’s co-star in the film is the new South sensation Karthika . He says, “Karthika is the daughter of veteran Tamil actress Radha. I sort of like the way we look together.”

The film will also be shot in Trivandrum and Goa. Incidentally, the only other occasion when Santosh Sivan has acted was in Aditya Bhattacharya’s Raakh (1989). “After my shot, Pankaj Kapur (who was also acting in the film) couldn’t stop laughing (at his bad performance),” recalls Santosh with a chuckle.

Epic story

There is a growing interest in the life of Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), who is famous for his paintings based on Indian mythology and epics. First, Ketan Mehta took it upon himself to portray the love life of Raja Ravi Varma in Rang Rasiya. Randeep Hooda plays the painter while Nandana Sen plays his muse. Then Malayalam film, Magara Manju, has Santosh Sivan playing Raja Ravi Varma. A book on the life of painter called, The Painter: A Life of Ravi Varma by Deepanjana Pal, Mumbai-based art critic is expected to hit the shelves soon.


Tired of Mumbai’s crowds, Irrfan Khan is set to move into his new house at Madh Island
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 05, 2009)

Irrfan Khan

Currently living in Goregaon, Irrfan Khan has decided that Mumbai’s melee is too much for him to handle. And so, a new house at Madh Island comes into the picture. Being built and designed since the last year, Irrfan and his family are ready to move into it within the next two weeks, after the last few pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Says Irrfan, “With the malls coming up in Goregaon, it’s almost become impossible to live there. Too much congestion and pollution is harmful for health. My wife and I want our sons to grow up in surroundings with clean air.”

With their new residence at Harmony on Madh Island, Irrfan’s new neighbours from Bollywood are actress Deepti Naval, singer Sunidhi Chauhan, music composer Sandesh Shandaliya and director Ketan Mehta.

But Irrfan and family will move in only when wife Sutapa Sikdar’s mother gives them a date. “We are going to ask my mother-in-law to zero in on an auspicious day in this month to move in. She has a knack for these things. So we will go by her judgment. Otherwise, if anything goes wrong, I’ll be blamed for not being careful,” says Irrfan.

Irrfan’s wife says she put her writing career on hold to put their new house together. “Wrong!” Irrfan refutes her claims. “She just got bored of writing for television and the house thing is just an excuse. Maybe our new neighbours will provide her with intellectual stimulation,” he laughs.