Urmila's brush with art
Actress Urmila Matondkar has been signed to play the part of Raja Ravi Varma's descendant in a film by Revathy S Varma, reports Vajir Singh.Updated: May 15, 2008, 17:51 IST
Urmila Matondkar will enact the role of a real-life film director based in Chennai. Revathy S Varma, confirmed this news. The director has already made a Tamil film, June R, revolving around an incident in her life.
Incidentally, Revathy is the grand-daughter of KMP Verma who was the grandson of the legendary painter Raja Ravi Varma.
Slice of life
Revathy says that when she was 24 she had "adopted" a mother, Safiya Ahmed, who is now dead. "Because of my decision, she was thrown out of her house by her son," she states. "It is a story that touches upon the need for tolerance and secular amity."
Revathy was keen on Karisma Kapoor for the lead role and had approached her secretary. "He showed interest in the project.. and then vanished," says the still baffled filmmaker. Now she is more than gung-ho about Urmila.
Revathy is busy finalising the rest of her cast but refuses to divulge details. "Give me a week and you'll know more," she promises.
On being quizzed on Ketan Mehta's Rang Rasiya which is inspired by the life story of Raja Ravi Varma, Revathy states, "My great great grandfather is a part of history. "
"I'm sure people would be interested in knowing about him. But I think he may have commercialised the subject. He is focusing only on Raja Ravi Varma's love life which is sad. But may be that factor will help to sell the film."