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Coming soon: Maya's lifestory on silverscreen

The film, Behenji - the Great Sister, based on the life and times of the UP chief minister, will be ready for release by the year end, reports Manish Pandey.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2007 03:27 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey

With A Maya Chalisa in hand, you can catch Behenji -the Great Sister at a theatre near by in December.

The film, Behenji - the Great Sister, based on the life and times of the UP chief minister, will be ready for release by the year end, but the Chalisas (verses in praise) are already out praising the social re-engineering of Mayawati which catapulted her party to power in UP.

Shambhu Nath, the man who has penned Mayawati Chalisa told Hindustan Times, "I am a great fan of the CM. My Chalisa is a tribute to her for the manner in which she broke through the barriers of caste to emerge triumphant.

" Another writer, ML Srivastava, has sought permission to pen 'Maya Puran.' Kailash Masoom, an ad filmmaker, too plans to pay his tributes to the UP CM by showing her personal and political life on celluloid.

The mahurat for the film was held on January 15, Mayawati's birthday. The project, however, got delayed due to the assembly election. Now, Masoom is all set to say 'action' around July. The film will be shot in western UP at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crore.

Actress Pratima Kazmi, who will play the lead role of Mayawati in the film, told HT over phone from Mumbai, "I am busy reading about Mayawatiji these days.

I also plan to meet Mayawatiji so that I may understand her better. It's a challenge for me and I wish to do a good job." Pratima, who has earlier featured in several feature films like Dushman, Ghadar and No Entry, has seen Mayawati only on TV so far.

She said, "Earlier the film was to focus on Mayawati's personal life. But, after her recent victory in UP, the political part too will be shown."

Mayawati's trusted lieutenant, Satish Chandra Mishra will also feature in the film and so would Raja Bhaiya, the UP CM's bete noire. Rahul Sharma, an upcoming actor, will play SC Mishra's role while Jackie Shroff has reportedly been roped in for essaying Raja Bhaiya's personality on screen.

Alok Nath is being tried for playing the role of Kanshi Ram, the man who formed the BSP. Six songs composed by Ravindra Jain are ready. Earlier, late Gulshan Kumar and filmmaker Harish Kumar too had announced films on Mayawati. However, both these projects had fizzled out.