Two filmmakers are keen to tell Gayatri Devi's tale on celluloid. One is JP Dutta of Border fame and the other is evergreen Dev Anand.
Dev Anand met the late Maharani while shooting for the English version of Guide in Jaipur and was mesmerised by her personality.
The actor-turned filmmaker might make a film on her. He feels that the royalty of castles, the story of the young exquisite princess and the melodrama of her life is just the thing our audiences are looking out for.
Filmmaker JP Dutta also reaffirms his plans to make a biopic on Gayatri Devi’s life starring Ash.
“I’m extremely disturbed and saddened by the news…” says Dutta, who met the Maharani with a proposal of making a biopic on her illustrious life at her London home a few years ago.
The film, announced in 2005, didn’t take shape, but Dutta tells us that Gayatri Devi was particularly keen on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan portraying her role. Recalls Dutta, “There was mutual admiration between Aishwarya and her. She was happy to have Ash play her role in reel life. She was very keen that I show her growing up years in the film — the time she spent in Cooch Behar with her family.
“Since her life covered almost a century, the scale and budget of the film was big. Unfortunately, finances were not forthcoming when I announced the project.
I am still struggling to accumulate funds,” reveals the filmmaker.
For the sake of millions of admirers who’d love to see Ash become the Maharani, we hope producers loosen their purse strings soon.