Sathyu plans film set in space centre
Noted filmmaker M.S. Sathyu, whose "Garam Hawa" pioneered a new genre of movies on India's partition, is planning a celluloid adaptation of a true story set in the country's premier space research centre.
By Krittivas Mukherjee, IANS
Sathyu promises that the new film would be "shockingly refreshing" and would examine technological advancement against a matching lack of socio-cultural progress among scientists.
"I wanted to make this film badly," Sathyu, who was honoured here for his contribution to Indian cinema by a UK-based film society Thursday night, told IANS.
The script is ready, but the final deal with the financers is waiting to be cut.
"Getting finances for the kind of films I believe in is very difficult. I'm in talks with Hyderabad-based financiers and they are happy with the script," said Sathyu, dressed in a white bandhgala suit.
"It's a true story set in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It tells of technological advancement, but also the old mindset that has persisted in the scientific community," the 74-year-old director said.
Sathyu, who is critical of many Bollywood actors and actresses, is however zeroing in on Kareena Kapoor to play the lead role.
"Kareena is a good actress; that she has shown in some of her recent films. Even my producers want her. And Kareena I understand is open to such different roles."
Sathyu, not known to shy away from political comments in his films, said his new venture could be on the floor by January. "Everything working to schedule, filming should start from early next year, may be January."
Receiving his honour at the Nehru Centre, the Indian cultural hub in London, from Indian High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma, Sathyu jocularly said: "These lifetime achievements are to say, ok boy, you have worked enough, now it's time to retire!
"But on a more serious note, let me say I take this (honour) as a challenge to live up to the recognition."
He was awarded a citation and a shawl. Later he participated in a discussion on his debut film "Garam Hawa", released in 1974.
Sathyu said he was also working on three other scripts. "Of these, the one that captivated me is one which re-enacts a mythological tale in a contemporary set-up."
The veteran filmmaker is also negotiating for finance to tell on celluloid the story of a violinist and a singer.