Wednesday, March 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Australian Filmmaker To Make Movie On Honour Killing

Australian Filmmaker To Make Movie On Honour Killing
Press Trust of India
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (Mumbai)

After Bollywood explored the theme in films like Aakrosh and Love, Sex
aur Dhoka, Australian filmmaker Bill Bennett is all set to explore the
issue of honour killings in India.

"I am doing a film on honour killings and will show its complexities.
The film will be based in India. It will be a thriller with a love
story in the backdrop. I feel it is a kind of Shakespearian tragedy
with a couple who are ready to die for love," Bennett told PTI in an

About the plot of the film, the 58-year-old director said, "A woman
comes from United Nations to India as an aid worker. She gets involved
in this story. The couple would be Indian."

Bennett, known for making films like Kiss or Kill Two If By Sea, was
inspired to do the film after reading media reports.

"I remember four years back I had read an article in a newspaper about
the killings. It was shocking. I thought it would make a fantastic
film for western and Indian audience. So then I started doing
research," he said.

Produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the film will be set and shot
in India with an Australian and Indian star cast.

"There will be both Australian and Indian actors. We will begin
shooting from September-October this year and are planning to release
by the same time next year," the Bennett said.

"Early this year we did our research and went to Haryana and Punjab to
find out more about the subject in detail. We met a lot of people
involved in honour killings. We are meeting family members and human
rights activists to get first hand information about the incidents.
The film needs to be authentic, real and dramatic," Bennett said.

On the star-cast, he said, "We haven't finalised any actors as yet.
The scripting process is still on. I don't want the script to be
influenced by the cast. I haven't met any Bollywood stars in this

"Until we lock on the script I really cannot understand about the
characters and so I can't really say about the cast. Casting is an
important decision. Lot of good films are ruined by bad casting due to
wrong reasons because they are big stars and that they will bring
money," he said.

Anupam Sharma, an Indian producer based in Australia and Indian
advisor Shahnaab Alam will co-produce the film that will be primarily
released in English.

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