It is now the season of film directors from Tamil cinema making merry at the Bollywood. Joining the long list of directors venturing to do Bollywood movie is veteran Bharathiraja. He has directed Nana Patekar for a gripping thriller titled Cinema. The movie is simultaneously being released in Tamil as Bommalattam.
Bharathiraja and Nana Patekar have worked together tirelessly for over a year to complete the movie.
Nana Patekar, whom Bharathiraja considers a different actor, plays the lead role of a director in the film. It may be recalled that Bharathiraja, who is acclaimed as a trendsetter in Tamil cinema with several hits under his belt and introduced many actors and actresses, made his debut in Bollywood with a Hindi film called Lovers, a re-make of Tamil original Alaigal Oyvathillai, which was released in 1983.
Cinema is remade in Tamil under the title Bommalattam meaning Puppet Show.
Nana has the reputation of being a difficult actor to work with, but veteran Tamil director Bharathiraja does not seem to have had any major problems working with Patekar.
The movie, titled 'Bommalattam', is almost complete and is likely to see the light of the day soon.
In the flick, Nana plays a film director who runs into problems both in his reel and real life. He seems to have done a good job of it considering the praise Bharathiraja has lavished on the veteran actor.
Arjun reportedly plays a tough cop who is behind Nana Patekar in the movie. Kajal Agarwal plays an actress in the film.
Ace Bollywood music-composer Himesh Reshmaiayya has scored music for the movie. He has come up with five peppy numbers which are sure to floor the music-lovers.
Known to bridge a gap between rural-urban themes in his movies, Bharathiraja has got the best out of the artistes in the movies.
"Cinema, which throws light on the real life of the reel artistes, should set a new trend in the industry', opines Bharathiraja.
Having been in the industry for over three decades, Bharathiraja, who had won several national and Tamilnadu State awards, is pinning a lot of hopes on the movie.
"All my artistes have contributed their best. But for their unstinted support, the movie could not have bee completed", he says.
Bomallatam is getting ready for an early release.