September 8, 2009 4:24:26 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
Ananth Mahadevan's dream project, STAYING ALIVE, has won a standing ovation from the medical fraternity (the film was premiered for a select bunch of doctors recently). Ecstatic with the kind of response coming his way, the director is now looking at making a film based on yet another real life story. The film would be called COTTON COUNTRY.
Says Ananth, "Having tasted mainstream cinema in DIL VIL PYAAR VYAAR, DIL MAANGE MORE, AKSAR, AGGAR, ANAMIKA et al, I desperately found the need to raise the bar for myself. Just look at the kind of cinema even Iran produces! It makes me feel very small that we are not able to match world cinema."
He is hopeful about bringing the change though through his upcoming films STAYING ALIVE and RED ALERT. "These are toddler steps but assured ones towards that goal. My proposed next, COTTON COUNTRY, is another real life story that explores the nation and the way it has squandered a hard fought battle against the British", reveals Ananth.
"STAYING ALIVE is a black comedy and in the recently held premier for the doctors, they were laughing as if it was a David Dhawan film", informs Ananth, "Well if such appreciation is coming from the doctors then I am sure I must have done something right."
"After all these are not the people related to the industry and are not obliged to say nice things on my face. It was such an enthralling moment to see them all giving a standing ovation to the film. These were perhaps the worst set of critics that I could have assembled who wouldn't have taken a minute to manslaughter my film. Getting acknowledged by them is equivalent to gaining an ISO certificate for STAYING ALIVE", says Ananth in a relieved tone.
Also starring Saurabh Shukla as the lead protagonist along with Mahadevan, STAYING ALIVE is produced by Ketan Maroo for Shemaroo Entertainment with Chandan Roy Sanyal (Michael in KAMINEY), Navni Parihar and Sunita Chhaya in supporting roles. The film is a looking at an Oct/Nov' 2009 release at select multiplexes.