Posted On Monday, August 06, 2012 at 08:16:43 AM
His 2007 film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom didn’t fare too well at the box office after which, Shaad Ali all but disappeared. Not too long ago, there was buzz about the director finally coming up with his next venture. Putting an end to all speculation, he revealed his plans to Mirror.
After a gap of five years, the director, most remembered for his debut Saathiya, is readying to direct Kill Dil, a breezy romantic film starring buddy Ranveer Singh. He will then go on to his dream project, a film based on the life of his grandmother, the legendary freedom fighter and activist Lakshmi Sahgal, who passed away last month. Speaking about Kill Dil, Shaad, who is currently in Kanpur, said, “I want the title to convey the theme and mood of the film.
And I think I’ve got it bang on. Kill Dil is a film about the tricks the heart plays on an unsuspecting victim of love. Ranveer is pukka for the male lead. The film has another male lead and of course, the female lead that I will cast soon as I return to Mumbai in a couple of weeks.”
However, for Shaad, who has been mourning the demise of his grandmother for a month now, Kill Dil is at best a warming up exercise before embarking on his ambitious next. Asked if it’s going to be a documentary, he said, “I’ve already put together a documentary on her life. I am now working on a feature film based on my Naani’s relationship with my Naana (Colonel Prem Kumar Sahgal).
My Naana was from Punjab. My Naani was from Tamil Nadu. They came together during World War 2. They fought and they loved, and they made a life together. It was the coming together of two individuals and two political ideologies and cultures,” he said. “It will be a love story like Gone with the Wind.
It will require a budget way beyond what love stories generally cost in our country,” he added. Shaad will depend not only on his own memories of his grandmother but also on extraneous source material.
“I’ve bought the rights of American scholar and author Peter Ward Fay’s book on India’s struggle for independence,” he said. Asked who will produce the bio-pic, Shaad said he would love to work with Yash Raj Films although his contract with them is over.
He wants to cast a newcomer as Lakshmi Sahgal. “I don’t think an established star would work in the role. Only a talented newcomer would be able to project how I envisage my grandmother’s life.”
Shaad, who returns to Mumbai later this month, rounded off saying, “A lot has happened in my life. I needed to find myself, to know what I wanted to do. I think I'm ready for my second innings.”