Tough to pen Bhupen Hazarika’s journey: director Prem Soni

Saturday, Jun 18, 2016,14:38 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | Director Prem Soni, who is making a biopic on the late singer Bhupen Hazarika, is finding it tough to pen the journey of the legendary musician. The yet-to-be-titled film chronicles the love story of Hazarika and his companion for 40 years, Kalpana Lajmi. The film is still in scripting stage.

It would take time, at least two-three months. It’s tough to make a film on a legendary personality like him (Hazarika). It is not easy to create someone’s journey on paper, Soni said. Soni, who last directed Preity Zinta’s debut production Ishkq In Paris, is actively working with Lajmi on the script.

She is helping us a lot with this film. It’s her film, her life. She knows the story well, he said. Hazarika has donned several hats such as that of a lyricist, musician, singer, poet and filmmaker. He is acknowledged for having introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and north-east India to Hindi cinema. I don’t know yet as there is so much to show.

It’s an emotional film, Soni said, when asked about the aspects of Hazarika’s life that he would include in the film. Names of actors like Irrfan Khan, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, Prosenjit were doing the rounds for the lead role. The Main Aur Mrs Khanna helmer insists he is yet to cast anyone.

It would be an iconic role to play on screen. We will get someone apt for the role. It would be a challenge to find the right actor. We don’t know if we will go with an experienced or a young actor to play his character, Soni said. Lajmi said, It’s not easy to make a film on a legend like him (Hazarika). The film will mostly happen next year. Bhupen Hazarika died of multi-organ failure in 2011.

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