Prolific international producer Dr J. Murli Manohar has big plans for his latest film 'Provoked', the true-life bio-pic on battered wife Jasmeet Ahluwalia. Featuring Aishwarya Rai in the lead, the movie will be premiered at the Cannes film festival this May.
"We have big plans for the film," revealed the producer from London. 'Provoked' has been bought for distribution by an independent American company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, which had distributed 'Monster's Ball', the film that got Halle Berry an Oscar. In fact, there're some striking similarities between the two characters played by Rai and Berry. Both are about the struggle for survival with dignity. My director, Jagmohan Mundra, and I are hoping for a similar impact for 'Provoked' in the West."
Along with 'Provoked', Dr Manohar also premiers at Cannes his production of 'Infinite Justice', the film about the assassination of American journalist Daniel Pearl. "So it's two true bio-pics for us at Cannes this year."
Next, the producer will go into Lady Godiva, a period bio-drama with Charlie Chaplin's grand-daughter Kiera Chaplin in the title role. The film will be directed by Baz Taylor. Back home, Dr Manohar will now produce a lavish Kannada film. "I've made several Tamil films. But never a Kannada film."
He plans to remake one of his Tamil hits Jodi into Kannada with the on-the-rise Dhyaan in the lead. "I've the music rights for A.R Rahman's score in Priyadarshan's 'Doli Sajaa Ke Rakhna'. I've already taken Rahman's permission to use it in the Kannada film," he chirps.