Shah Rukh, the goat debuts in Bollywood

Last Updated 19 September 2013, 11:27 IST

National award winning filmmaker Janaki Vishwanathan's first Hindi film 'Bakrapur' has an unusual protagonist in the movie- a goat named Shah Rukh but she has brushed off any reference to the Bollywood superstar.

"It has nothing to do with Shah Rukh Khan. You see people have a tendency to name their pet animals after actors or someone they love. The goat is integral to the story so we needed a name for it... something catchy,"  Vishwanathan told PTI when asked if it is an attempt to poke fun at Khan.

"You see, the name is just Shah Rukh which literally means face of the Emperor," she added.
Asked if the 47-year-old actor has reacted or tweeted about this, Vishwanathan said she has not come across any comment so far.

"I have great admiration for him and though I have not personally interacted with him, from the interviews he has done, he seems to have a great sense of humour."

Vishwanathan also said that 'Bakrapur' is not a take-off on Cyrus Broacha's MTV programme 'Bakra'. It is just an imaginary title, where everyone makes a fool of everybody else.

"The movie is a social-political satire set against the backdrop of rural India. A multi-layered film, it dwells, at the primary level, on the relationship between eight-year-old Zulfi and his pet goat Shah Rukh. It is also a hilarious take on the complex belief systems in our society and the conflicts that ensue thereon," she said.

The 90-minute film, scripted and directed by her, stars Anshuman Jha, Asif Basra, Faiz Khan, Shameen Khan and Suruchi Aulakh.

Vishwanathan has earlier made four films, three in Tamil. The first film 'Kutty' released in 2001 won her two National awards. She did 'Kanavu Mei Pada Vaendum' in 2004 and then 'Om Obama' seven years later.

Each movie dealt with social issues. 'Kutty' focused on child labour while 'Kanavu Meipada Vendum' reflected the plight of the devadasi women.

'Om Obama', about a fictional village in Tamil Nadu and the relationship the hamlet believes it shares with US President Barack Obama, was completed two years ago, but is yet to hit theatres.

The journalist-turned-filmmaker acknowledged that it is difficult to get distributors for these type of movies including 'Bakrapur'.

"'Bakrapur' does not have any item number or any masala associated with commercial films. It is tough to get distributors. Not very easy but the trend, I believe, has been changing over the past one year. The climate is changing. I am keeping my fingers crossed," she said.
"I am not focusing on getting awards or film festivals. I just pick up a subject that catches my fancy and work on it."

There are two songs in the movie and has been composed by 'Agnee', a Mumbai-based rock music band.

The movie is expected to hit theatres by year end and they are busy with the final post production work. Vishwanathan also said that they are also planing a peppy promotional song.

(Published 19 September 2013, 06:21 IST)

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