Nagesh Kukunoor and Monali Thakur promote their film - 'Lakshmi' in Kolkata
potted, by our Little Birdie, at an upscale hotel, were, veteran filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor and the very mellifluous singer-turned-actor Monali Thakur. We caught them live in action, at the Press Conference, while they were in town, to promote their latest film on the block - Lakshmi.
Based on a heart-wrenching true story, of a thirteen year old, Lakshmi is a movie that deals with the bitter truth and bare-faced harsh realities of our society- Child Prostitution and Human Trafficking. The story of a young girl, abducted, sold and forced into prostitution, will leave all horrified. But the heroism of this young girl who escapes and drags her wrong-doers to the court, will even leave you stunned to the core. The film was shot extensively in 22 days across Hyderabad.
Nagesh, who, is known to make films on subjects very different and unique, when asked, how does he zero upon a subject for his film, deftly he answers, “The first thing that has to grab me is the emotional content of the film, because even if you make an action film., and the emotional content is correct, then it works. And the second thing is that, I am drawn to stories of Heroism. Especially real life heroism is beautiful. And Dor, Iqbal, Lakshmi, etc, they all are stories of a real-life heroism. It is a recurring theme. And I like it”.
The “Zara Zara touch me” girl, whose last song “Sawar Loon” was a chartbuster like all her songs, has opted for a very unconventional film to make a debut as actress, in the tinsel town. When asked, Monali is her delightful voice retorted, “I couldn’t say no, when a director like him (Nagesh), asks me audition, and play such a role. On a professional level also, it is an outstanding character, to play for an actor. The more challenging it becomes, the more interesting it is for a performer. And there I was like ‘Wow! I got this role!’ and this is my debut film. Besides that, as a girl, after hearing the script, one couldn’t say no to be a part of such a film. I would have even agreed to be the A.D of the film”.
After winning International Critical Acclaim, Awards and Honors, and finally getting a nod from the Film Censor Board, “Lakshmi” will release nationally on 21st March, 2014.
Pictures by: Pratik Banerjee