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Disco Dancer inspires book

"Disco Dancer is a kind of Epic sweep", says Playwright-Director Anuvab Pal. His new book Disco Dancer revisits the sensational movie of the 80's that gave India its first Disco Dancer.

books Updated: Mar 04, 2011 07:50 IST

"

Disco Dancer

is a kind of Epic sweep",  says Playwright-Director Anuvab Pal. His new book

Disco Dancer

revisits the sensational movie of the 80's that gave India its first

Disco Dancer.

Mithun Chakravarty's  "little corner of Immortality" is now, playwright-director Anuvab Pal's Disco Dancer-A comedy in five acts. As a part of the Harpercollins 'Film Series', Anuvab Pal, director of The President is coming, writes a hilarious screenplay for Disco Dancer and says, "My journey to find an English comedy inside Disco Dancer is a sort of digging for treasure within the wreckage or spotting a genuine gold bar within a million gold-plated bars".

In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Pal says, "I wanted to write the screenplay to understand whether some of the central conflicts of the story that are supposed to play out as serious dramatic moments, play out as very comic. I think they do."

Pal exemplifies other 'spectacularly awful cinema' and says, Quaatilo Ke Quaatil (Murderer of Murderers) or Goonda or Parvarish would have been strong contenders [to Disco Dancer] but I went with Disco Dancer because it had an epic sweep. I think it had a sort of Greek tragedy structure of the hero's journey, which a lot of 80's movies did, a kind of Rocky overcome-all-odds story. Except it's not about winning a war or boxing for your nation. It's about Disco Dancing to heroism. That intrigued me".

"I can't think of another movie that had such an impact on me that I would like to sit with the creators and see what they were thinking", says Pal," I've been wanting to remake it for years, maybe someday soon. But I would set it in the era it is originally set in. That's its charm. And see what retro appeal it now has.