Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt is all set to bring back his semi-autobiographical film Arth (1982),however this time in the form of a play.
The original Arth featuring Shabana Azmi,Kulbhushan Kharbanda,Smita Patil,Raj Kiran and Rohini Hattangadi has been remembered for transforming the age of Indian cinema as it delved into the bold and never-before ventured subject of extra-marital relationships.
Mahesh Bhatt,who has had a successful run with his past theatrical productions like,The Last Salute and Trial of Errors,has roped in Imran Zahid for Arth.
The 31-one-year old actor also played the lead in both of Mahesh Bhatt’s previous productions,Muntadar Al Zaidiin in The Last Salute and a journalist in Trial of Errors.
“It’ll be a big challenge for me to play the lead but I am up for it,” said Imran excitedly.
Mahesh Bhatt believes that Arth raised the issue of gender equality in the 80s.
“The film looked at the issue of women emancipation like no Indian dramatic work ever has. No one has been able to better what Arth highlighted in the world of movies or in theatre. I think the 21st century India needs to be experience the theme of Arth through theatre he says.
Mahesh Bhatt is certain Arth will stimulate a positive response form todays generation.