Gracy Singh, who is presently shooting for an as-yet-untitled Hindi-Punjabi bilingual in Chandigarh, is upbeat about Barbarik, a mythological that should open in theatres this May. Directed by Dharmesh Tiwari, it is based on the Mahabharata and has Singh as Morvi, who is married to Bheema’s son, Ghatakocha. Their son Barbarik was the greatest fighter in the world.
According to the epic, before the battle of Kurukshetra began, Barbarik entreated the Pandavas and Lord Krishna to take him on their side. “I will kill everyone and the war will be over in a minute,” he promised, and threw a blade of grass that left a red mark on the chest of everyone it struck.
An enraged Krishna then took out his Sudarshan Chakra and cut off Barbarik’s head, telling him that the Mahabharat was not just a battle but utter annhilation and so it needed to be fought. Barbarik begged to be allowed to see it, so Krishna placed his head on top of a hill. After the battle, when Arjun and Bheema were arguing over who was the greatest warrior, Barbarik’s head pointed out that it was Lord Krishna, who had killed all their enemies without using any weapon.
Though all those connected with the film are tight-lipped about details, such folklore and more should make up the story of Barbarik. Interestingly, all the actors who were a part of BR Chopra’s mega-serial Mahabharat will essay the same roles in the movie too. So Nitish Bharadwaj plays Krishna and Rupa Ganguly returns as Draupadi, among others. “It was quite a thrill to see these actors I had watched as a kid in costume again,” reminisces Singh.
She is equally excited about playing Hema Malini’s daughter. “Hemaji. is Hidimba and we have a lot of scenes together and even a dance,” she exults. The dance is a Bharatnatyam number in tribal costume.
Singh and Hema Malini have the same guru and the senior actor has often attended Singh’s recitals and vice versa. “Whenever I would see her on stage with her daughters Ekta and Aahna, I would imagine myself as the fourth dancer. But I never thought I’d actually get to do a classical dance with her, and that too in a Hindi film,” says Singh. “Shot over three days, the dance is as memorable as my debut film Lagaan.”