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Gowarikar gives KP a Mughal challenge!

ACCLAIMED WRITER KP Saxena has a bigger challenge on hand than he had while penning dialogues for Lagaan and Swades. This time he has to lace the lines with a generous dose of chaste Urdu and Persian of the Mughal era, along with the Rajasthani language.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 01:20 IST

ACCLAIMED WRITER KP Saxena has a bigger challenge on hand than he had while penning dialogues for Lagaan and Swades.

This time he has to lace the lines with a generous dose of chaste Urdu and Persian of the Mughal era, along with the Rajasthani language.

The next project that KP has is to write dialogue for Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodha-Akbar. It will feature Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai and would portray the untold story of the romance between emperor Akbar and his Rajput wife Jodhabai.

The old man is already on the job and would finish it by month-end.
Says KP: “The film is a landmark in my career. Never before I penned dialogue for any historical film. And hence it is a big challenge for me. A lot of balancing is required while writing dialogue for this historical film because it calls for grafting of court language properly blend with Urdu of Mughal era along with lucid Hindi of Rajput period.”

“Hence it requires more concentration and extra hard work. Also here I see an opportunity that this film will also help in proving my mastery that I enjoy over Urdu language. Till now people only know me as a Hindi writer. But once the film is ready those who know me will come to know my command over that language as well,” he said.

According to the dialogue writer, failure of some of the historical films in the recent time is because of their poor script. Hence the writer Ashutosh Gowariker himself visited scores of libraries across the country and consulted several teachers of history to ensure the realistic flavour of the film, he said.

“I’m visiting Mumbai next month to hand over the dialogues to Gowariker. If the need be dilution of the language will be made so that even common man understand it,” he said. KP says that he too may join the crew during shooting to see whether the dialogue penned by him is actually gelling well with the film.

This three and an half hour film will be packaged with six songs. AR Rahman will weave the lyrics of Javed Akhtar into melodious music. Other cast of the film will be finalized shortly and the film is expected to go to floor somewhere around August.

The seasoned dialogue writer shower praise for Gowariker for giving such realistic touch to the film. “Efforts are on to shoot the film at the various forts of Rajasthan, Red Fort in Delhi and other places so that people can actually get the feel of historical era,” he said. KP is confident that this big budget film will do wonders and will establish his mettle and command over Urdu and Persian language.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 01:20 IST