Aamir khan to play guru dutt
Guru Dutt has been a legend in Indian cinema. The history of the country's film industry will be incomplete without making a mention of his name. His was a versatile personality, both as an actor and as a director. This is a name that reminds the Indian audience about the two great aspects of any cinema -- romance and tragedy. He was perfect in both. In fact, his life was a mix of both. His movies consisted both romance as well as tragedy. There seems to be none to match with him in this respect. His life was full of romance and tragedy. That's why he could depict both in his films most authoritatively. Hence, two directors are eager to bring his life story to the big screen at the same time! In fact, one of them says that many more are welcome to make a film on such a versatile legendary figure like Guru Dutt. They are Rakeysh Mehra and Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
There was much buzz in Bollywood about Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra making a biopic on legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt and his having zeroed in on Aamir Khan to play the lead role, but the director says he is not yet ready to make such a film.
"I never talked about doing a Guru Dutt biopic. People kept talking about it," Mehra said.
"Nasreen Munni Kabeer had come to me with an idea on the life of Guru Dutt. I told her anyone would like to make a film on the life of Guru Dutt, specially someone with my sensibilities. Then she came up with a screenplay. I told her I'd make it when I'm ready. This is something that crossed my mind 18 months ago. Since then I haven't even thought about it. As of now I'm not ready to take on Guru Dutt," he said.
Mehra feels only one film on the life of Guru Dutt should be made.
"And that too with the right intention, aesthetics and the right amount of sincerity. Only one person should do it, and all the others who want to honour him with a film should just move back and support that one project. Guru Dutt means too much to all of us," the filmmaker said.
And what about the talk of Aamir playing Guru Dutt?
"I never thought of who'd play Guru Dutt. It never went that far. The script always chooses the actors. It's the script which chooses me, so who am I to choose anything else?"
After Delhi-6, Mehra now wants to direct a light subject.
"Let's see what it is. It will be a light film. And by that I mean a less demanding subject, not necessarily a comedy," he said.
Mehra is at the moment enjoying the run of Delhi-6, which starred Abhishek Bachchan, Waheeda Rahman and Sonam Kapoor.
"The feedback and fan following are tremendous. An Indian film got so widely reviewed in the international press."
The director admits that the initial response to the film made him really low.
"So much so that I started doubting myself. How could I go this wrong? It was a whole campaign against Delhi-6. I don't know who sponsored it. I was initially agitated by the response. Then I realised it was a new narrative and the audience would take some time getting used to it.
Hopefully, Indian audience would soon get a true perspective in Guru Dutt's life, especially those of us who haven't witnessed his movies.
Last edited by Archna; 03-12-2009 at 01:08 AM.