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Norah-Shankar saga film

Dev Anand to make a film on Grammy award winning singer Norah Jones.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2003 21:20 IST

The dramatic true life story of Grammy award winning singer Norah Jones and her famous father Pandit Ravi Shankar is the latest to capture actor and director Dev Anand's attention.

"I have been inspired by the story of Norah and Ravi Shankar to make an English movie. Imagine a great musician and his once estranged singer daughter who goes on to set the Western music world on fire. It is a terrific story," Anand said.

"This picture is going to be made with Hollywood sensitivity. I am going to collaborate with a Hollywood writer to bring in the Western flavour. I am already looking for a potential cast in the US," Anand, who has been in New York for the past two months, told IANS.

Asked about the lack of response to his latest production "Love at Times Square", he said: "I was let down by poor distribution and publicity even though a newspaper like the New York Times praised the film in its own way. As always I have moved on to my next project."

Anand said he was ready with the basic script of the film. "I was at the Washington DC airport when an Indian journalist walked up to me and asked me if I had heard about Ravi Shankar's daughter Norah Jones sweeping this year's Grammy awards. That set me thinking. An Indian musician, an American lover and a singer daughter, some story!"

Norah is the daughter of Shankar and his former American companion Sue. She grew up in Texas. Her debut album "Come Away with Me" won eight Grammys at the 45th annual awards.

Her illustrious father was reported as saying he was "proud" of his daughter's achievement but did not quite identify with her music. Norah's music traverses jazz, soul and country folk based pop. The father and daughter reportedly had strained relations for a long time but they are said to have made up lately.

"It may not necessarily be Ravi Shankar and Norah's story but I am certainly inspired by it," Anand said.

First Published: Apr 01, 2003 00:00 IST