After almost 16 years of trying to get a producer — and also arrange funds for his ambitious project, Mehrunnisa — film-maker Sudhir Mishra has finally taken things into his own hands. Not only is he producing the movie himself, but he is also cutting the budget to get the ball rolling.
“We are lowering the budget. There was a problem with the funding, so I’m producing it myself. Once the funding is in place, we will start work on it,” says Sudhir, who was in Goa for the NFDC Film Bazaar that is held every year on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
The film will reportedly star Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Chitrangada Singh. It is expected to go on the floors within the next six months. “Since the actors’ dates had become an issue (due to the delay), we are re-confirming them now. This will take a couple of months. We will start shooting in Lucknow,” he says.
Although Chitrangada has always been his choice for the title role, Sudhir is wary of the changes that the reduced budget will bring about. “Chitrangada is Mehrunnisa, but let’s see what happens after this reorientation of the film,” he says, adding that in the meanwhile, he “might do another film”.
(The writer has travelled to Goa as a guest of IFFI)