By Farida Khanzada
Director Kalpana Lajmi, who is noted for her women-centric films like Daman and Rudaali, had announced the making of two biopics. One was on the life of actor Priya Rajvansh who was allegedly murdered in 2000 and the other, a biopic on noted film-maker-lyricist-musician-singer and poet Bhupen Hazarika.
While, she was planning to direct and co-produce the Priya Rajvansh biopic with Shanu Mehra, the project, according to Lajmi, “has been kept in abeyance. I had worked on it for three years, since 2009 to 2011, but now, we have to pitch it further and find a sound financier and a willing actor to play the female lead.”
Meanwhile, Lajmi was busy in 2013 to, “complete the writing of the entire raw material of my 40 years of being in a relationship with Hazarika. Mahesh Bhatt has consented to be officially involved with the film. We shall now start work on the screenplay and look for financiers and finalise the actors,” says Lajmi.
Arjun, Alia reach out to each other on the poster of 2 States
The first look of Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt-starrer 2 States was released last week. While the poster of the film, which shows the Punjabi boy Kapoor from North India reaching out to Tamil Brahmin Bhatt from Chennai on a large map of India, was released first, this was followed by a photograph of the two actors posing in their respective looks for the film. The film also has a tagline in the form of ‘One Love’. Directed by Abhishek Verman, the story of the film is based on popular author Chetan Bhagat’s book by the same name. Presented by UTV Motion Pictures, 2 States is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar. It will hit the screens on April 18.