Veteran film wizard Mahesh Bhatt who is admired for making some really hard-hitting social movies like ARTH, SAARANSH, ZAKHM, DADDY, JANAM, TAMANNA, SIR etc. is once again back to his old roots as he is adapting acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji's Bengali woman centric film RAJKAHINI in Hindi.
Bhatt is presently engaged in co-writing the Hindi adaptation of RAJKAHINI and is excited that after many years he has got a script that has stirred his emotional chords.
Overwhelmed by the Bengali film RAJKAHINI that exposes the atrocities and trauma of the people who were displaced due to the 1948 partition of India, Bhatt applauds Srijit Mukherji for making such an exceptional film that he has seen since decades.
Raving about the film Bhatt says, “The script is not just mind boggling but it bleeds our heart and will touch the emotional chords of every human being.”
According to reports what has moved Bhatt to the core is the movie’s central character of Begum Jaan, the courageous landlady of a brothel that lies on the border line of India and Pakistan. How Begum Jaan valiantly resists from evicting the place and gives a tooth and nail struggle to save it has left Bhatt marveling the film maker Srijit Mukherji and Rituparna Sengupta, who has played the key role.
Bhatt says, “Watching the film I was reminded of Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in their films and my daughter Alia Bhatt in HIGHWAY. The character of Began Jaan is truly an imposing woman character that has ignited the Indian screen after many years.”
Bhatt is so impressed with Rituparna Sengupta that he is planning to cast her in the Hindi version. Praising Rituparna Sengupta’s superlative performance Bhatt says, "She brought tears to my eyes in a few scenes hence I have told her that I want to cast her in my film.”