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Ramu's latest project inspired by Lolita

Varma adds that his characters are driven by love, not sexual obsession.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 18:32 IST

Indian director Ram Gopal Varma says his latest film is inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel

Lolita 

- but that his characters are driven by love, not sexual obsession.

The main female character in Varma's film is aged 18, not 12 as in the infamous novel by Nabokov.

Varma says his movie will be about a 54-year-old married man, played by the famed Amitabh Bachchan, falling in love with a woman over 36 years his junior - the same age as his daughter. Newcomer Jia will play Bachchan’s love interest as Varma believes that a new face will make the character more believable.

 
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"If you take out the sexual content, mine is actually an intense love story, which is appealing to the senses," the director was quoted on Wednesday. "It is important to realize that feelings don't age, human bodies do. Any man could be attracted to any woman," Varma said. The movie is set to start shooting in May and is to be called,

Nishabd

, or "Wordless." It should be released later this year. Varma has made more than 30 Hindi-language movies, and is one of the rare Indian directors to leave out of some of his films the song-and-dance routines that often fill Bollywood movies. In fact,

Nishabd

won't have any dance routines, he said.