Ashok Chakra, a film set against the backdrop of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack hits threatres on May 28. Newcomer Rajan Verma plays Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving culprit of the attack, who was sentenced to death by a court recently. "Months before the real trial ended, we had decided that Kasab will be hanged to death in the film, it was the only just thing to do. The film shows Kasab accepting his guilt before his death," says Verma.
Earlier titled Total Ten, the movie has been directed by SP Munishwar and is based on media reports of the carnage and accounts of police officials and survivors. Bhojpuri star Kamal Rashid Khan’s upcoming sequel to Deshdrohi also centres on the “sacrifices made by ATS officers” during the terror attack.
Ram Gopal Varma may have burnt his fingers trying to get a first hand view of the terror-struck Taj hotel a day after the attacks, but Bollywood filmmakers, often accused of forgoing reality for escapism, are finding new subjects in everyday news headlines.
Rajkumar Gupta’s next No One Killed Jessica, is based on the 1999 murder of model Jessica Lal in a Mehrauli restaurant by Manu Sharma. The film stars Rani Mukerjee and Vidya Balan and is being shot primarily in Delhi. Anurag Kashyap, who made Black Friday, a film on 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, incorporated the infamous DPS MMS scandal in Dev D.
Dibaker Banerjee’s Love, Sex Aur Dhoka weaved stories around headline grabbing issues like honour killing, MMS scandals and sting operations.“The film shows us things that are happening all around us. Its came from the many MMS scandals that were being reported in the newspapers,” says Banerjee.
Filmmaker Onir is back with his I Am project. The film, a collection of four stories on race, homosexuality and child abuse, is inspired by real life incidents. “Filmmakers like Anurag, Dibakar and Rajkumar like to tell real stories. It’s not mainstream but at the same time it’s not art house cinema. It is new-age Bollywood or Indian cinema,” he says.