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Revathy is now shooting a Hindi film with Abhishek Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty

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A PASSION for films, stellar performances in most movies, awards, accolades and critical acclaim, a creative mind bubbling with ideas...that's Revathy, actress-director. After the award-winning Mitr...My Friend (with an all-women crew) Revathy has donned the director's cap for her untitled Hindi film starring Abhishek Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty. Though she is tight-lipped ("I am not ready to talk about it - we are just putting things together and like to do the publicity at a later point") - about the venture she reveals that her concept has been scripted by Atul Sabharwal, who is working with Ramgopal Varma. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are composing three songs, while the re-recording and a couple of other songs will be done in the South. Ravi Varman is the cinematographer. "I have finished about 20 days of shoot and another 20 days are left," she says. The film is being shot in Chennai and Bangalore.

Revathy is a member of the international jury in the 13th Children's film festival. It's her first children's festival too. "It's been very interesting - my first experience. I am enjoying it thoroughly. As a filmmaker and actress I know the kind of effort that is put into every film so making a decision and comparing it is a difficult task. Being on the jury is a tough job. Any creative art is an individual's perspective."

About children's films in India, Revathy says "India does not have children's films at all. The concept of a children's film is it is a film made for children and not about children. We seem to have more films made about children than for children. So I suppose we have to change that concept itself. Hopefully when CFSI collect scripts and produce it will look at the fact that it is a movie for children. But it is a tough bargain because children are exposed to so much more these days that they rather watch a Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham or Mohabbatein," she says and laughs. But hopefully it will survive - with the kind of support the government gives and with festivals."

While making a children's film "you have to think like a child which is the most difficult thing because nowadays children are so intelligent and so varied - there are rural and urban children - like the normal audience in our country. A rural child will not be able to understand the likes and dislikes and the life of an urban child. - They are very different - there is a huge difference."

Would you want to make a children's film? - "Yes, I would definitely love to sometime."

Revathy was recently seen in Dhoop, the Hindi film. Was it the human interest element which made her sign it? "Yes, it is a real story about the problems a couple face after their son's death in Kargil - It deals with the treatment meted out to them by the Indian bureaucracy. If this could happen to an educated person what happens to the uneducated masses? "Were cinematic liberties taken in the film? Yes. There is a bit of fiction in it."

Revathy will next be seen in Ab tak Chappan, a cop story and a Tamil film Vanam Vasapadum. "Nana Patekar plays the cop in the former and I play his wife. The treatment is interesting - not a typical cop film. I liked the subject and I signed it because Ram Gopal Varma is producing it and he's a good friend of mine. The subject for Vanam Vasapadum for P.C. Sriram is amazing. Post-production work is being done for both."

Are you planning more movies and acting? "That's my life and job," she winds up.


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