We’re glad ‘Chamki’ is being revived: White Feather FilmsSeptember 27th, 2008 - 12:51 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 26 (IANS) Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta’s White Feather Films, which was initially supposed to make Shyam Benegal’s “Chamki”, said it was happy that the long-pending project was being revived now, though it would be done by another production house. “We are very pleased that Chamki is being revived. Sanjay Gupta has always believed in the script and has immense respect for Shyam Benegal and his work. We regret that we couldn’t make the film,” said Gautam Kohli, spokesperson and head of marketing, White Feather Films, a company release said Friday.
Gupta had to defer the movie due to date problems and actors not being comfortable about the film’s offbeat subject. The film, the Hindi adaptation of “Carmen”, is now being produced by Reliance Big Entertainment.
Kohli also trashed rumours that the movie didn’t take off because Priyanka Chopra refused the film and Urmila Matondkar, who was the second choice, had monetary issues.
“We had approached Priyanka Chopra for the role of ‘Chamki’ but after having read it, she refused because she felt the character was extremely negative and not something she wanted to do at that point of time in her career,” he said.
“As far as Urmila Matondkar is concerned, she was never approached by Gupta, so the question of monetary issues is falsely reported,” Kohli added.
Benegal, whose latest comedy “Welcome To Sajjanpur”, has earned rave reviews, said he would start “Chamki” after making a political satire.