It was in 1982 when a semi-autobiographical film by director Mahesh Bhatt changed the face of Indian cinema forever. ARTH, which looked at the bold subject of extra marital relationships, was also remembered for its memorable soundtrack.
The film is now making a comeback in a theatrical production. After the recent success of his plays THE LAST SALUTE and TRIAL OF ERRORS, which also launched his latest protege Imran Zahid, the duo are now pairing up again for the dramatic adaptation of ARTH.
Bhatt feels that ARTH was a classic film that raised the issue of gender equality way back in the 80’s. ”The film looked at the issue of women emancipation like no Indian dramatic work ever has. No one has been able to better what ARTH highlighted in the world of movies or in theatre. I think the 21st century India needs to experience the theme of ARTH through theatre” says the filmmaker.
ARTH was way ahead of its time and Bhatt feels that the subject will strike a chord even with today’s generation.
”The issues with regards to our society that were raised in ARTH are relevant in even in today’s times. Theater has given me an entirely new outlet and after staging two successful plays THE LAST SALUTE and TRIAL OF ERRORS I took this decision. I think adapting such a piece of art into a theatrical adaptation will not be an easy task but I am ready for this test. I feel this medium will help connecting with audience in all together a different way,” he adds.
Delhi-based actor Imran Zahid, who earlier essayed the role of Muntadar Al Zaidiin THE LAST SALUTE and of journalist Rehan in TRIAL OF ERRORS is all gearing up for this new assignment.
”Mahesh Bhatt is all set to recreate magic of film ARTH in a theatrical play. It’ll be a big challenge for me to play the lead but I am up for it,’ says Imran.