Veteran actor Tom Alter, a native of Mussoorie, will shoot the film adaptation of his first novel Rerun at Rialto in the Queen of Hills.
The whodunit fictional thriller, which is set against the backdrop of the now-closed-down cinema hall in Mussoorie, will have veteran actors Manoj Kumar and Sharmila Tagore in the lead star cast.
“Sharmila ji had given her consent a long time ago. And now Manoj sahab, too, has agreed to come on board for a small but central role and is very excited about it,” Alter, who was at the Wildlife Institute of India here on Monday evening for a dance drama, told Hindustan Times.
The novel is a saga of romance, nostalgia, mystery and old movies set in the hill town of Mussoorie.
The film, which will mark the directorial debut of Alter, will be extensively shot in his hometown in what can be called a ‘long-lost’ dream of the renowned thespian. “I had written Rerun at Rialto (2001) as a film script originally. When I could not make a film, I decided to turn it into a book. It will be a dream to shoot for the film, and that too, in my hometown,” the Padma Shri awardee told HT.
Alter, who has acted in a large number of films and television serials, said he was also in talks with the owners of the Rialto cinema hall on Mall Road. “It used to be a landmark at one time but is lying empty (closed down) right now. We’re talking to the owners and will try to renovate it for shooting the film,” the actor said.
Alter, who was born and brought up in Mussoorie as a movie buff and cricket enthusiast, went on to express his sadness that there is not a single cinema hall left in Mussoorie at present. “For me, it’s an extremely sad situation because I grew up on copious doses of films in cinema halls like Picture Palace, Jubilee, Rialto, Vasu and Capitol and now there’s none,” he said, adding that the “fond memories of going to picture halls led me into writing Rerun”.