The remake of OK
Directors Mani Ratnam and Shaad Ali have long been friends and co-workers. Not only did Ali assist Ratnam on Dil Se but he was also entrusted with directing Saathiya, the Hindi remake of Alaipayuthey. Ali then went on to direct Bunty Aur Babli and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom before once more returning to his mentor’s fold and assisting him with Guru and Raavan. So when Ratnam decided to shoot portions of his last release, O Kadhal Kanmani (also know as OK Kanmani), in Mumbai, who else but Ali was on hand to help out. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the Kill Dill director is tipped to helm the Hindi remake of O Kadhal Kanmani. While Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen starred in the original youthful love story, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur have been approached for the Hindi remake. However what will be more interesting is to see who plays the older couple, played charmingly by Prakash Raj and Leela Samson in the Tamil version.
The Iranian connection
I had written some months ago about Paris-based Iranian actor Golshifteh Farahani, last seen in India as Nefertari in Ridley Scott’s Biblical story Exodus. The Patience Stone and Body Of Lies (2008) actress, who is slated to act along with Irrfan Khan in Anup Singh’s (Qissa) Mantra – The Song Of Scorpions, is no stranger to India. She has been visiting India regularly for more than a decade, including attending the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa in 2013. In an interview in 2013 she reportedly said, “India is my mother,” so one should not be surprised to learn of the Iranian beauty partying with Anurag Kashyap and his coterie in Mumbai last weekend. Kashyap and Farahani were co-jurors at the Marrakech Film Festival and the Indian filmmaker once named her as one his “goddesses” alongside Marilyn Monroe and Scarlett Johansson. Wonder if we should await an announcement of collaboration between Kashyap and his ‘goddess’.
Enter the ring
Also released today is director Karan Malhotra’s (Agneepath) sports drama Brothers, the official Hindi remake of the 2011 Hollywood film Warrior. The emotionally-charged, action-filled drama is based on forgiveness and family bonds. The Gavin O’Connor directed Warrior starred Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte while the Bollywood version features Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra and Jackie Shroff. It tells the story of the beleaguered relationship of two brothers and their father. Kumar plays David, a physics teacher with a hidden past. While both train in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), younger brother Monty is trained by their father (Shroff). The drama culminates in the brothers facing each other in a high-profile international tournament. It also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Shefali Shah and Ashutosh Rana.
Freedom to express
Director Ananth Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan – The Freedom File, released today, is a biopic on the 35-year fight of Gour Hari Das for recognition as a freedom fighter. Das lives in a distant suburb of Mumbai. Mahadevan said the challenge of transcribing a living person’s journey on to the screen was to steer clear of documentation while also ensuring that the dramatisation is subtle. “Also cinematic licenses had to be minimum or else a living subject could take objection,” said Mahadevan who is working on two more biopics: one on a rural rebel and the other on a scientist. The screenplay of Gour Hari Dastaan is being published as a Directors’ Cut edition with specially selected black and white pictures from the film besides other annexes. Mahadevan was delighted to be able to incorporate scenes that were left out of the final edit into the book. The film stars Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Rajit Kapur and Vipin Sharma.