Posts tagged Phoolan Devi
Prachi Kadam (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 1, 2012)
Over the years, he has acted in films, directed plays and even trained actors the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Lillette Dubey, Freida Pinto, Kunal Kapoor and more recently, Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan.
Now, British-born director-acting guru Barry John is turning writer-director with his film titled The End of Bandit Queen which is inspired by the assassination of Phoolan Devi in 2001.
Asource told Mirror, “The film will mark the directorial debut of Barry John. Currently, pre-production is underway and the film is scheduled to go on floors in March 2013. It is inspired by the events in the life of Sher Singh Rana, who was accused of assassinating Phoolan Devi in 2001 and is still an under-trial in Tihar Jail.”
Nawazuddin Siddique will play the central role of Sher Singh Rana in the film, the source said.
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; November 19, 2012)
After years of active work in plays and several Bollywood films as an actor, Barry John is about to go behind the camera for the first time. Interestingly, the film he’s slated to helm was initially speculated to be directed by Mira Nair. Turned out she was already committed to other productions and Barry ended up spending over a year mulling over a new screenplay.
Renowned for guiding actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Lillette Dubey, Freida Pinto, Kunal Kapoor — and more lately, Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan — Barry is cautious enough not to divulge much details about his debut directorial venture. Tentatively titled The End of the Bandit Queen, it is inspired by events in the life of Sher Singh Rana who stands accused of assassinating Phoolan Devi, the dacoit-turned-politician in 2001. He is currently an undertrial in Tihar Jail.
“All I can say is we’re entering the pre- production phase and the casting is being done. It’s a biopic with thriller as its genre. I’m excited to be part of the project,” says the British-born theatre veteran who last appeared in Chittagong.
On being asked what took him so long to decide to become a film director, the Delhi-based sexagenarian laughs before adding, “Oh gosh! I don’t know to be very frank. Maybe I was waiting for a realistic film like this one here to happen.”
Neha Maheshwri (BOMBAY TIMES; May 2, 2011) He tickled your funny bone with his comic timing in a number of movies, including Sholay, where he played Surma Bhopali. Now, Jagdeep is set to make a debut in TV serials with Siddharth Tewary’s Phulwa, a show loosely based on the life of bandit queen Phoolan Devi. The veteran comedian, who has been a guest on his sons Javed and Naved Jafferi’s Boogie Woogie, is acting in a serial for the first time. He plays Bhudiya, father to Shankar (played by Angad Hasija) and his character, that’s partially blind, will have shades of comedy.
Jagdeep, who’s excited about his small screen debut, told BT, “TV has grown by leaps and bounds and some intelligent writing is taking place. I liked the concept of this show. So when I was approached, there was no reason for me to decline the offer. I think my character will bring some relief to an otherwise serious show.”
After portraying Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, Seema Biswas becomes the first Indian actress to play a transsexual in Indian cinema.
She will be essaying the character of a transgender in Queens! Dance of Destiny. The character is inspired by Manvendra Singh Gohil, who belongs to the royal family of Rajpipla.
Talking about the character, director David Atkin says, “Manvendra Singh Gohil is a strong name in the industry.
While I was writing the character, he was the only one I could relate to Seema Biswas’s role. Seemaji is a brilliant actress and I had complete faith that she would do justice to the role.”
Seema Biswas, on her way to Sri Lanka to shoot for Deepa Mehta’s film, admitted it was a tough job to play the role. She said, “Though I agreed to play the role, it was not easy. I had to sit through two hours of make-up just to look like a transsexual.”
Talking about her character she says, “I play the role of Guru amma, who is like the head of a group of transsexuals.
The character is very similar to that of Manvendra Singh, who had to go through a lot in life since he was not like the rest of his family”.
The film incidentally stars transsexual Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, who attained fame when she made an appearance on Salman Khan’s TV show Dus Ka Dum.
She met the tennis star in Miami to discuss the script and the possibility of her coming on board
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 01, 2011)
Project manager Siddharth Chandra and tennis star Leander Paes met Mira Nair in Miami a week-and-a-half ago to discuss getting the director on board for their project The End of Bandit Queen.
The film is based on Sher Singh Rana, who made the headlines for assassinating dacoit turned politician, Phoolan Devi. Paes is likely to essay Rana’s character.
Mira, who was on vacation with her son, met the duo at the Miami Tennis festival, which led to extensive meetings about the film.Mira Nair Leander Paes
Producer Jagjeet Singh Walia told us, “Mira was kind enough to have long meetings with Chandra and Paes. She has liked the subject and the script of the film.”
A source tells us, “Mira seemed particularly impressed with the research that Walia had done on Phoolan Devi’s character.
She was taken up by Leander’s passion for the role of Sher Singh Rana. She promised to help them as much as she could.”
Nair, who has been asked to direct the film, has requested for some time to decide. Walia confirmed the offer, as he told us, “I shall wait for Mira’s final answer, before approaching any other director. I would love it if she takes charge.”
BOMBAY TIMES (January 23, 2011)
Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi that’s releasing worldwide on February 4 is a fun, racy, zany thriller with its fair share of lip-locks. Yup in YSZ, Delhi boy Arunoday Singh plays a simple-minded crook called Kuldeep, whose approach to love is straightforward. He loves his girl (Aditi Rao Hydari) and he believes that the best way to shut her up every time they have a fight is to kiss her on the lips. That way there is no scope for any argument, he feels. One of his lines in the film is, “Shaadi ki thi Sridevi se, nikli Phoolan Devi.” So, driven by passion for his girl is Kuldeep, that he is ever ready to lock lips with her, be it in a rickshaw, public place, their bedroom or their kitchen. And the intensity of the kiss can’t be measured because it comes naturally to him. Sudhir Mishra, who has directed this romantic thriller, says, “I find it very odd when physicality in a romantic relationship is depicted coyly, or people seem almost apologetic about it, hurrying through it!” Arunoday and Aditi — the young lovers of Yeh Saali Zindagi — seem to know how to savour their on-screen lip-locks. They will vouch for it.
Expect the unexpected from Rakhi Sawant. Recently, she called up a TV channel saying that she wanted them to cast her in their forthcoming show Phulwa, which is inspired by Phoolan Devi’s life.
While the channel was shocked at Rakhi’s demand, they heard her out. Child Star Jannat Zubair Rahmani, who was seen last in the TV show Kashi, plays the child who grows up to be Phoolan Devi.
When contacted, Rakhi confirmed and said, “ I think I will be best suited to the role. Isme sharam ki kya baat hai?”
If a play is successful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that its cinematic adaption too would work. Paying Guests just confirms this. Based on a successful play, the film would have clicked even if it had some minor loopholes. But alas, the film falls at several places. Besides, the weak direction spoil the things more.
The story of the movie: Bhavesh (Shreyas Talpade), Parag (Jaaved Jaffery) and Parikshit (Aashish Chowdhary) live as paying guests at the place of Kiska (Asrani) in Bangkok. Due to bad luck, one day, all three of them are thrown out of their respective jobs. At this point of time enters into the scene, Parikshit’s cousin Jayesh (Vatsal Seth), who arrives at Bangkok to work as an architect. Bad times are still not over for the three paying guests as they are thrown out by Kiska. They now desperately search for a new landlord, who would give them a room at cheaper rate. Finally, they get one such person-Ballu Singh (Jhonny Lever), who is coincidentally the former employer of Bhavesh. He is willing to rent his house only on one condition-the paying guest should be married! And so, Bhavesh and Parag take the guise of women and pretend to be Parikshit and Jayesh’s wives, Karishma and Kareena, in front of Ballu and his wife (Delnaaz Paul)! What follows is madness!
Problems with Paying Guests are many. The biggest culprit is of course the execution. The screenplay also is to blame. The idea at hand was wonderful-four friends trying to fool a More >