June 12, 2011 3:22:59 pm
After chasing fugitives with his crime-busting reality show ‘India’s Most Wanted’,Suhaib Ilyasi is now turning director with a film on the alleged “misuse” of section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.
Titled ‘498A’,Ilyasi says the film is inspired by various cases from real life where women have used the section wrongly resulting in much chagrin for men. “The section came into being in 1961 to empower women to fight against oppression incurred on them by men. But it has turned out to be a tool misused by the fairer sex,leading to gross violation of the basic human rights of men,” said Ilyasi.
His film tells the story of a NRI family,which comes to India looking for a bride for the son but their peace is disrupted after the marriage turns into a sour affair.
Ilyasi,who was charged under the section himself after his wife committed suicide,says the story takes bits from real life incidents and is not based on a particular one. “If you search online,you will find thousands of cases where people have been victims of the misuse of the section 498A,” he said.
The film stars veteran actors Aloknath and Farida Jalal. The lead couple is played by newcomer Harsh Nagar,who is making his debut with soon-to-be-released film ‘Always Kabhi Kabhi’,and Shrishti Gautam. “Farida Jalal has this image of a nice old lady,but for the first time she would be seen a different avatar – playing a mad woman,” said Ilyasi.
Even though the film is a based on a social issue,Ilyasi says it is going to be a commercial entertainer with songs by Sonu Nigam,Shaan and Shreya Ghosal.
‘498A’ is produced by Ilyasi’s company Aaliya Productions and is looking at an October release.
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