NEW DELHI: While Kangana Ranaut has confirmed of being roped in for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming movie, which is a Meena Kumari biopic, the stepson of the late actress Meena Kumari does not approve the National Award winning actress playing the character of his mother.
Speaking with a daily, Meena Kumari’s stepson Tajdar Amrohi expressed, “She is anything but Meena Kumari. My chhoti ammi was traditional and had a very strong personality and Kangana is completely opposite of her and does not suit the role.”
“Kangana in no way will be able to justify her character. She is too modern to play the role,” added Tajdar, son of Kamaal Amrohi from his second wife Mehmoodie.
Amrohi also ended rumours over Manisha Koirala playing the character of his step mother in the movie which is also his idea to release on the big screen. “I haven’t even approached her. But we have three Meena Kumaris in the film-as the film depicts three stages of her life. So there are three girls playing the lead role I cannot reveal any name. All I can say is one of them is from the film industry. Also, there are two Kamaal Amrohis in the film and you will know when you watch the film,” he said.
Talking about the title of the movie (Meenabakamaal) which has different meanings, Amrohi said, “The title has two meaning. One is Meena the extraordinary and it also has the name of Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi in the title.”
Upset about the fact that people want to make a biopic on Meena Kumari and not other actresses, Amrohi felt that there are several actresses from the yesteryears such as Madhubala, Devika Rani, Geeta Dutt and there are several stories related to them as well then why is everyone after his mother?
Denying giving any approval to Tigmanshu to go ahead with the movie based on his mother, Amrohi said, “I am already making the film and the first rights rests with the family and my film is on floor. The film is being directed by Shashilal Nair. I read that Tigmanshu Dhulia is making a film on Meena Kumari and in his interview; he has mentioned that he would approach me. He is welcome to meet me but I don’t know about the film as I am already making it. Also I would want to know what is his mind.”
Further talking about Meena Kumari and the movie, Amrohi added, “Who will know her better than us and for the world to know that Meena Kumari (my chhoti ammi) and Kamal Amrohi were never divorced. We have lived with her and there are so many incidents and anecdotes that only we know and which will be incorporated in the film.”
On being quizzed about his plans to release the movie, the producer replied, “I am making two films. One of the two will release this year and Meenabakamaal will in most likelihood hit the screen next year.”