Actress Vidya Balan has turned down the offer to star in the biopic on Suchitra…
Recently, in an interview to After Hrs, Vidya Balan confessed that she’d like to play Indira Gandhi on screen. Soon after, she was approached for a biopic on the former India PM by Rahasya director Manish Gupta.
Despite liking the script, Vidya is a little sceptical about taking it up. Manish confirms, “She has liked the script, but hasn’t given a go-ahead yet. Given that the film is on Indira Gandhi, there are precautions needed to be taken before we start.”
Gupta further adds that the script needs to be approved by the Gandhi family. It has been titled Indira. He reveals, “My film will be a tell-all tale about Indira Gandhi — right from her birth to her assassination. It’s the story of her childhood, youth, rise to power as the Prime Minister of India, her fall to near-oblivion, her comeback as PM, her final battle against extremists and her refusal to discriminate on the lines of faith, that eventually led to her assassination.”
VIDYA’S THE ONLY CHOICE
“I approached Vidya almost three-four months ago. It would be wrong if I claim she has okayed the script. She feels it’s a nice story but she just told me, ‘How will you make the film? You don’t have the permission from the family’. I had been trying to get the permission months before I approached Vidya.”
GANDHI FAMILY’S CONSENT- The Hurdle?
Gupta knows that ‘it’s a sensitive issue’ so getting the permission won’t be easy.”I have been in touch with Sonia Gandhi for the last eight months. she is aware that I am doing the film. I want to meet her personally and take a direct commitment from her. That’s what I’m trying to do. Everyone who I have approached to be a part of the film want a written permission before we they can greenlight the project,” he adds.
PRODUCERS BHI MIL GAYE
Manish is all smiles as he’s already found a producer to invest in his dream project. “A very big studio is interested in producing the film, provided I get the permission from the family. It’s one of the corporate houses, but I cannot name them because we haven’t worked out the technicalities yet,” he revealed.
Unlike other biopics, Indira won’t be a typical Bollywood film. He argues, “The film is not of the typical Bollywood sensibilities. There won’t be any naach gaana in the film. We wouldn’t be showing Indira Gandhi dancing in the film! It’s like a Hollywood movie, much on the likes of a film like Gandhi! It’s on that scale.”
RAJEEV & SANJAY THERE TOO!
Other than Indira, there will be characters for Indira’s sons Rajeev Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi as well.