Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Is Kangana Ranaut set to reinvent Nargis of MOTHER INDIA?

If there is one actress of contemporary cinema, who can stand up to the stature of the legendary actress of Golden Era Nargis, than she is arguably none other but Kangana Ranaut. 

The actress who in a small span of time has won two National Awards for QUEEN (2014) and FASHION (2008) has proved her versatility as an actress par excellence. Now it seems she has got a life time opportunity to become immortal in the annals of Indian cinema by reinventing the role of an 85 year lady, the role which great actress Nargis played with perfection in Oscar Award nominee MOTHER INDIA (1957). 

According to reports eminent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been left bewitched by Kangana Ranaut’s histrionics and has signed her to play an elder woman’s role in his forthcoming film.

Elated at the offer Kangana Ranaut said, “It’s true that Shekhar has approached me to play an 85-year old. It is a very challenging project and I am looking forward to play the role.” 

She added. “Though still nothing is finalized and we are still in talks but when Shekhar sir narrated the idea of an elderly woman I was excited.”

Kangana Ranaut who is today the number uno actress of Bollywood is known for doing roles that are different. A close look at her career reveals that she has really taken her career seriously and instead of doing run of the mill stuff she has chosen challenging roles that other actress do not dare to perform for instance her deglamorised girl role in QUEEN. 

She says, “I love challenging roles but what is tragic is that Bollywood does not dare to experiment. Recent I saw the French movie AMOUR (2012) depicting the poignant tale of a retired couple in their 80’s. The movie left an eternal impact on my heart and my desire to play an elderly woman multifold. Hence when Shekhar Sir told that I have play a lady of 85 I was overwhelmed.” 

Truly the role will offer immense opportunity for Kangana to display her histrionics as the legendary actress Nargis got in MOTHER INDIA. 

Few may know that for MOTHER INDIA’s role Nargis took rivalry with R.K. Camp (Raj Kapoor Film Company) because Raj Kapoor did not wanted Nargis to play a mother and put their romantic Jodi at risk but Nargis dared to play the mother’s role and became immortal in annals of Indian cinema. 

It seems it’s Kangana Ranaut’s chance to repeat history!!!

Kamal Haasan’s mantra for curbing growing intolerance in India

Never in the past has the film fraternity reacted so sharply towards the growing intolerance in the country as in the present scenario. Be it the communal tension of the Sikh Riots in 1984, the Bhagalpur Riots in 1989, the Mumbai Riots 1992 after Babri Masjid demolition, the Gujarat Riots in 2002 post Godhra violence or the Muzaffarnagar Riots 2013. 

It is only in the past few weeks that the film fraternity has joined the bandwagon of writers, scientists and historians, who are returning their awards, protesting against the bitter intolerance growing in the country. It began with KHOSLA KA GHOSLA director Dibakar Banerjee and 11 other returning their national awards and has taken centre stage with bigger celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan expressing their support. 

While Shah Rukh Khan has openly acknowledged that there is extreme intolerance in country, South superstar Kamal Haasan believes that intolerance has been a part and parcel of India since India won freedom.

Speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad, where he was promoting his forthcoming film action thriller CHEEKATI RAJYAM (THOONGAVANAM in Tamil) he said, “I think that the country has been undergoing intolerance since independence. As a filmmaker I have faced the worst intolerance during the release of my movies HEY RAM and VISHWAROOPAM. But still I feel returning awards in not the best option.”

“I think the best option to pressurize the government to curb intolerance could be writers and filmmakers, instead of returning the awards, must keep their awards and continue the crusade against intolerance,” he added. 

True indeed because if writers and filmmakers unite together and both pledge on wiping intolerance from the land than they can surely be more effective than the trend of returning awards. 

Remember after the lethal separation of India and Pakistan in 1947 intolerance was at its peak but it was thanks to writers and filmmakers who made movies on harmony like PADOSI, DHARAMPUTRA, GARAM HAWA that brought brotherhood and communal harmony in the country. 

Later after the unfortunate Babri Masjid tension it was again films like KRANTIVEER, ZAKHM, and HEY RAM etc that did the difference. 

Hence Kamal Haasan’s mantra of curbing intolerance is laudable. Hope it is understood by our intellectual writers and filmmakers!!!