Eerie, but true. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has revealed that he wrote a story in May which is shockingly similar to the sensational Sheena Bora murder case. The Bollywood director insisted that the story, which he had penned for his film Ab Raat Guzarnewali Hai, is fictional and has no basis in the real-life crime.
Media tycoon Indrani Mukerjea was arrested earlier this week for allegedly murdering Sheena Bora, her daughter from an earlier marriage. She had passed off Sheena as her sister for almost a decade before killing her.
Bhatt said he was shocked when he heard the news of Indrani killing her daughter as the story is identical to a script he had written for his protégé, Guroudev Bhalla. "I empathise with the living hell Peter (Indrani's husband and former Star TV CEO Peter Mukerjea) is going through and this is not a pathetic attempt to ride on his unspeakable tragedy. But bizarre as it may sound, fact is that this is a case of life imitating fiction rather than fiction imitating life," Bhatt said in a statement.
Sheena Bora and her mother Indrani Mukerjea.
The story that Bhatt has penned was completed in May and will be produced by Dhaval Jayantilal Gada. It is a story of crime and passion, soaked in blood, revolving around a mother and daughter.
While Bhatt refused to go into details, he says it plays itself out in a media space with characters intoxicated by fame and power, flush with money and caught in multi-partner, bisexual relationships. "The story grew out of my imagination. I never imagined that it could be unfolding for real in a high rise in our backyard where the rich and powerful reside. The coincidence between a pure work of fiction and real life staggers me, it makes me shudder," he said.
Now, with the Indrani-Sheena story grabbing headlines, will some of their real life story creep into his reel-life story? Bhatt said: "No, my work is done. I only wrote this story for my protege. The film should roll in December. I never imagined that it would explode for real as the mother of all crime stories."
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