If you were no fan of Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Revolver Rani’, fear not. Director Sai Kabir, who directed the actress in the film which tanked badly, says his new film starring Kangana again happens to be very different from his last.
Titled ‘Divine Lovers’, Sai recounts how the French Film Commission (FFC) came into the picture. After he finished writing the script, he felt it had the potential to cross over. “I showed the script to French producer Leonard Glowinski.
Now ‘Divine Lovers’ is certified as a French production. When it releases in France, it would be released as a French film.” Interestingly, though everything including post-production would be done in France, with a French crew and music composer on board, the film will be shot entirely in India, namely in Bhopal and Mumbai.
Shedding more light on ‘Divine Lovers’ which will be subtitled in French, Sai says, “My ‘Revolver Rani’ was a homage to the mainstream Bollywood cinema of the 1980s. ‘Divine Lovers’ would be far more straightforward. It’s not bizarre or ironical. In that sense, it is the opposite of ‘Revolver Rani’. It’s my homage to Sayajit Ray’s ‘Mahanagar’.”
The filmmaker declares that having Irrfan Khan on board also helps his film. “Until I came to Paris, I didn’t realise how popular he was outside India. ‘The Lunchbox’ is the most successful Indian film abroad. The regular French, German and other European audiences know about him. I am so happy to have him in my film.”
‘Divine Lovers’ will begin shooting early next year.