Friday, August 19, 2005

Day 8 : Blessed Banaras ...... I got the story!!

Hey!!!! Finally I met someone from the crew. He’s been in living in the same hotel and I had no clue! Anyway, this fella was an interesting one. He claimed he knew there story but if I really wanted the authentic version…. I could speak with er…the director himself. Wowee!! I got Pankuj Parashar’s e-mail and dashed a mail to him immediately. And yessssssss… I got it!
Here’s how it is - :
The cast :
Urmilla Matondkar, Asmit Patel, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Raj Babbar, Akash Khurana.
The film is set in the mystique land of Banaras. Shwetambari ( Urmila Matondakar) plays the main protagonist in the film titled “Banaras – A mystic love story”. She is the only child of her rich parents. (Dimple Kapadia and Raj Babbar). A teacher of philosophy and religion, she falls in love with a low cast musician – Soham (Ashmit Patel). She unspools the events of her own life when she looses her beloved. Disillusioned by fear and fragmentation she abandons hope, desire and leave Banaras. Things start looking brighter as she transcends her own attachments and discovers the ultimate freedom. She finally returns to Banaras, the city of Shiva, where 'everything is possible'. Naseerudin Shah, plays the mystical preacher. He knows the secret of life and helps Soham gain enlightenment.
The film is produced by LC Singh. The entire project for him, is like an investment in the city and on a subject he loves the most! The dialogues of this ultimately mystical film are written by Javed Siddiqi.
Most interestingly, since Banaras represents one of the oldest gharanas of hindsutani classical music, songwriter Sameer and music director Himesh Reshammiya have ensured that every single note reflects the purity of the gharana.

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