Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kalpana Lajmi to direct bio-pic on her Love Story with Bhupen Hazarika

Mahesh Bhatt, the grand-master of creative cannibalization who has written and directed celebrated films like ‘Arth’ and ‘Zakham’ based on his own life, is all set to write another bio-pic, this one based on the passionate 40-year old relationship between legendary musician Bhupen Hazarika and filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi.

‘Entitled Dhumuha: The Storm’ the film to be produced by Pooja Bhatt, would be written jointly by Kalpana and Mahesh Bhatt while Kalpana would direct the film.

Says Kalpana emotionally, “It is Bhatt Saab and my homage to a man whom we both consider to be a true son of India. Bhupenda is beyond a legend. In Assam every leaf that stirs in the trees hums his melodies. He has an all-pervasive impact on our traditional sounds. We will endeavour to put his stormy life and music in one film. A tough task! I hope I am up to it. Bhatt Saab certainly is.”

This bio-pic on one of India’s looming musical legends comes at a time when Anurag Basu’s proposed bio-pic on Kishore Kumar with Ranbir Kapoor in the title role is poised to take wings.
Kalpana says the saga of Bhupen Hazarika is very far from removed from Kishore Kumar’s. “Both were legends in their own right. But Bhupenda worked within a different discipline . His music was not restricted to cinema.”

How much of her life with Bhupenda would Kalpana be willing to reveal in Dhumuha: The Storm?
According to Mahesh Bhatt, “It would be Kalpana’s and my effort to pay homage to Bhupen Hazarika. We will look for new talented face to play the role of the enigmatic Bhupen. But first we would excavate from Kalpana’s heart her storehouse of memories of her passionate relationship with Bhupen. It would be her untold story. The story of a girl who worshipped the man and the musician she fell in love with.”

While Mahesh Bhatt would be the co-writer and creative head on the project, Santosh Sivan with whom Kalpana worked earlier in Rudaali and Darmiyaan would be doing the cinematography.
The big question is, who would play Bhupen Hazarika and Kalpana Lajmi in this bio-pic?

Says Kalpana, “The hunt has begun. It’s tough to find a face a talent to play Bhupenda. As for me, I don’t know who can play me. Vidya Balan, perhaps?”

Interestingly Kalpana would be approaching two back-to-back bio-pics. After the one on her life with Bhupen Hazarika she would write and direct a bio-pic on the slain actress Priya Rajvansh’s 40-year relationship with filmmaker Chetan Anand. The Priya-Chetan bio-pic would be produced by Shanu Mehra, the late actor Janki Dass’s son who was close  to Priya and Chetan.
Source : Subhash K Jha | Mar 12, 2013 , daily.bhaskar.com

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