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Sudhir Mishra to direct Soha, Shiny Ahuja

By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Luckily for Sudhir Mishra. Mirza Ghalib is no more. After appropriating one phrase from Ghalib - Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi - as the title of his last film, Sudhir Mishra has borrowed a bit more of Ghalib for his next venture.

Entitled Bahut Nikle Mere Armaan , Sudhir's next film is again a political parable. In Hazaaron Khwaishein... I went into the Indian politics of 1970s. Now I'm going back even further to the 1950s in Bahut Nikle Mere Armaan to recreate what would be an even tougher scenario. You could say this would be my first truly period film."

"Soha has that quality to achieve a truly outstanding level in her performance," says Sudhir Mishra. "I cast Soha because I couldn't think of any other contemporary actress who could take me back fifty years."

Sudhir regrets the departure of Chirangada from his creative ambit. "She had the capacity to grow into a truly formidable actress. I guess she has personal reasons to bow out."

Shiny Ahuja is, of course , a Mishra favourite. Not only did he play the lead in the director's Hazaaron Khawishein... , but also starred in Mishra's assistant Ruchi Narain's Kal.

"Shiny has become quite a star. No less than Mahesh Bhatt has taken a shine to Shiny," Sudhir Mishra informs with a twinkle in his eye. "I'll just have to share the dates with the Bhatts." Jokes apart , Sudhir Mishra is quite kicked about recreating an era gone-by. "I love the films of the 1950s Hopefully Bahut Nikle Mere Armaan would've a similar impact as Hazaaron....I'm truly surprised by how far the film went. Someone like Saeed Mirza found it to be an intense love story. That really surprises me."

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