Journalist-turned-National award winning Malayalam director R.
Sarath (who made Sayahnam (2000), which won several awards
including the Indira Gandhi National Award and Kerala State Film
Award for the Best film in 2000) is all set to direct The Desire
(English), starring Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty in a most
challenging role. The shooting of this prestigious Indo-Chinese
joint venture will start this week in Kerala.
If reports are to be believed, Shilpa Shetty will shave off her
hair for a part of this film, being co-produced by Sharad Hegde and
Tracy Shiyun. "I can't reveal everything about my role. If I tell
you everything now, why would you watch the film? But yes, this is
by far the most challenging role of my career. It takes me through
ten turbulent years of my character's life. It's a very intense
love story between me and my Chinese co-star, Xia Yu," she said,
according to a website.
who is working with Shilpa for the first time, said The Desire is
essentially a passionate film dealing with dance, music, art,
culture and emotions. It revolves around Goutami (Shilpa), an
accomplished Odissi dancer and a talented artist Jai Leang (Xia
Yu), following the journey of their lives until they are separated
and brought together again by destiny.
Other actors in the film are Jayaprada, Anupam Kher, Sachin
Khedekar, Sheetal Menon and Nakul Vaid. Indian music maestro A.R.
Rahman will score music. Expected to grace theatres in December
2009, The Desire will be dubbed in Chinese as well.