Comedy, drama to feature in Kalpana Lajmi's next
Director Kalpana Lajmi has gotten over the dismal performance of her Sushmita Sen starrer Chingaari at the box office and is simultaneously planning two films.
One is a full-on comedy with an ensemble cast while the other is a period drama. Lajmi is extremely excited about the period film.
"My first film to go back in time, and therefore rather expensive," Lajmi told IANS. "It's the love story of a courtesan during the reign of King Asoka. The central male character is a sanyasi (monk)."
The storyline sounds unusual. "But when have I done the usual?" reasoned Lajmi.
"I want to address the dichotomy of how a courtesan is revered and worshipped in those times, while the queen, who's married to the emperor is almost a doormat."
She has roped in Isha Koppiker to essay the role of the courtesan while Rituparna Sengupta will play the queen. The male actors are yet to be decided.