Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur who is a jury member at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, hopes to find a solution to the grave problem of global water shortage through his next venture, Paani. The film, starring Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, will flag off in November in Singapore and Dubai.
Based on a book by Maude Barlow, Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis And The Coming Battle For The Right, and scripted by David Farr, Paani is a dark story about the looming water crisis that, in time, will affect relationships among individuals, cities, states and even nations.
The beautiful young daughter of the chairman of the world’s largest water corporation arrives in the upper city of the plentiful. During a chance visit to the impoverished city, she is kidnapped by a young water warrior. Kapur pointed out that water could well become a weapon in the future, with corporates taking over its distribution. “I hope my work will provoke a debate and hopefully, help find a solution to this problem,” asserted the filmmaker. When asked whether it would catch the eyes of the politicians, he quipped that his earlier film, Bandit Queen, had managed to do just that with the protagonist, Phoolan Devi, giving up arms, serving a sentence and going on to become a political figure.
With this film Kapur is hoping to melt hearts and move minds.
“It is the story of young love caught in the flurry of conflict between two cities, one rich and waterful, the other poor and waterless where water rats are forced to steal the precious liquid,” informs Kapur, adding that he plans to bring the movie to Cannes next year.
A love story that hopes to change minds and methods, will be set to the music by Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman.