TV actor Karanvir Bohra is set to break some new grounds with his upcoming project, Ijjazat, a short film on the love story of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.
Karanvir plays Rajiv in the film while Priya Banerjee essays the role of Sonia.
Karanvir said in a press statement, “It’s tribute to Sonia and Rajiv Ji’s love story, but it’s is fiction. Neither does it have any political agenda nor is it an attempt to grab eyeballs. It is a simple story which is made to create a different content for audience.”
“It is a tribute to love & peace worldwide. I am an actor and my job is to act but sometimes you come across a idea and you don’t want to wait for someone to back it. This is one such product, may be few year ago it would have been difficult to take such step. But now, thanks to the growing reach of internet, it is easy to showcase one’s creativity so I took this step. I’ve always been fascinated with classic love stories of the 50’s and the 60’s. They don’t white such stories or make such movies anymore,” he added.
Elaborating on what made him go for an old love story, Karanvir said, “I happened to watch Rendezvous with Simi Garewal with late Mr Rajiv Gandhi. I was so mesmerized by the way he spoke and the way he carried himself - with such elegance. The way he spoke about Sonia Gandhi ji, the way they met and how he geared up the courage to ask permission to his mother, it was all mesmerizing. And that’s where my film ends. They call it the Eric Segal love story of India. It’s my tribute to him and to all the people in love. A reaffirmation that true love exists.”
Priya Banerjee, who was last seen in Jazbaa, said, “It was very sudden & pleasant for me, when Karanvir came and asked me to be part, I could not refuse. It is a beautiful concept.”
The shoot for the film, which will be in English and Italian, will begin later this month. The release date is yet to be announced.
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