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08-08-2009, 12:27 PM #1
Sanjay Suri to play Rajiv Gandhi?
A great deal is happening in actor Sanjay Suriís life, and heís loviní it all.
ďIím able to do what I want to, Iím learning each day. And at the end of it all, thereíll be another film that Iíll be proud of. Iíd like to do different roles, and if the industry doesnít offer me some, Iíll try to create them. Iím looking to do a light-hearted film now, I think Iíve done enough strong, character roles.Ē
One of these ďstrongĒ roles might have been that of Rajiv Gandhi in the Sonia Gandhi biopic that Jagmohan Mundhraís planning to make, even if it gets banned later. Sanjay is (was?) supposed to play Rajiv in the film. Whatís happening to that? ďIím not sure if that project is still in the making. I donít think itís being made,Ē he says.
Maybe not the Gandhis, but something else is common to Mundhra and Sanjay as of now Ė both have been to Kashmir. After having spent the first 19 years of his life in the Valley, Sanjay gets nostalgic when he narrates his experience during the shoot of his film Sikander there. ďWhat attracted me to the project was that it reminded me of the place where I spent my childhood, and of the time when I had to shift out of Srinagar with my family because my father was murdered by the terrorists,Ē he says.
He says heís surprised by how much the Valley had changed. ďI left in 1990, and it was after 18 years that I visited Kashmir again because of the film shoot. The place has changed so much. When we left, there was mass migration. But for me, going back was a little tougher because we had left in tragic circumstances. One reason was the film... and the other was confronting my past. It was cathartic. Iím glad that I faced it. I met a lot of people I grew up with. There were some people... this waiter in a club Ė he recognised me and started crying and hugged me and told me that they couldnít even pay their condolences to my family. He met me after 18 years, but still recognised me in two seconds. I also met some shopkeepers, the farmer who worked with us. It was like I recognised the playground, but the players had changed. For me, Kashmir will be back to normal if those whoíve left the Valley can come back. Today, Kashmir is like a bed of flowers that has only one kind of flower. When the bed of flowers will have all kinds of flowers, itíll look more colourful. And I want to see Kashmir that way Ė with many flowers... many cultures. There will be a time when people will not know that what Kashmiri Hindus were all about. And thatís sad.Ē
Sanjay also took his family during the shoot. ďMy wife was a great support, always next to me. I told her, ĎI donít expect you to I understand everything, all I need is a patient ear,íĒ he says.