Popular Bollywood actress Vidya Balan has pulled out of a planned biopic on controversial poetess Kamala Das, a move the film’s director said could be linked to his own troubles with the Hindu right wing.
Das, a Kerala iconoclast who died in 2009, had embraced Islam towards the end of her life and changed her name to Kamala Surayya.
According to reports, a range of Hindu outfits, including the Shiv Sena, are opposed to Balan donning the role of the controversial figure known for her bold writings and utterances. Director Kamaluddin Muhammed, also known as Kamal, said on Wednesday that Balan was initially thrilled to essay the role. But she changed the shooting schedule twice, citing inconveniences. A manager of the actress initially said the shoot dates had only been “slightly pushed” owing to a strike in Kerala. But Balan’s official spokesperson later clarified that the actress has quit the film as she and the director had “divergent approaches to the process”.
17 Sep 2021
18 Sep 2021