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08-10-2012, 11:06 PM #1
Om Puri all set to play the role of Maoist Kobad Ghandy in Chakravyuha
Prakash Jha’s best-kept secret in his new film Chakravyuha exploring Maoist insurgency is out. Om Puri plays the real-life character of the controversial capitalist-turned-Maoist Kobad Ghandy.
Ghandy’s fascinating journey from Malabar Hill to the Naxalite jungles of Karnataka has flummoxed, fascinated and fired the imagination of generations of social scientists. At 63, Ghandy’s saga continues to be in enigma of social protest and insurgency.
Apparently unknown to anyone Om Puri deeply studied Kobad’s life and career before playing the character modelled on Kobad Ghandy, and came away deeply impressed.
Says a source close to the project, “Prakash Jha’s original plan was to take elements from Kobad Ghandy’s life and incorporate it into Om Puri’s character. But Om got progressively drawn into Kobad Ghandy’s life and teachings and urged Prakash to make his character as close to Kobad as possible.”
Om who’s currently in Canada is guarded but doesn’t deny the parallels. “I can’t deny that my character is akin to Kobad Ghandi. I play a professor and an educationist who gives up acushy life to become a Maoist.”...being a human...