Framed in thought

Ode to Benazir The film is more personal than political

Ode to Benazir The film is more personal than political  

Arun Kuckreja reveals the metaphors of ‘Benazir’

‘Benazir’ is not a political film. I’d like people to see it as a personal film that was based on a couplet and got elongated into an under 19-minute movie,” says film director and playwright Arun Kuckreja.

Kuckreja wrote a brief verse when Benazir Bhutto was elected Prime Minister. The verse soon became part of his bathroom singing. After her assassination he heard Mahesh Bhatt saying that he’d make a movie on Benazir only with the family’s approval. This set Kuckreja thinking that a film can’t be determined by such considerations.

He decided to make his own movie growing out from the original verse. The theme of ‘Benazir’, he says is, “Generals make the war. It’s the poets who lament.”

With a background score by Ustad Bismillah Khan and Amjad Ali Khan, the movie works at a lyrical level. The director says that he uses lighting to explore different times in Benazir Bhutto’s life. His son Raghav Kuckreja plays the role loosely modelled on Benazir’s son Bilawal. Kuckreja has previously written plays on Mother Teresa, Buddha and even wrote ‘Bhutto’ (1980). He right now has “big ambitions”. These include a Bhagavad Gita with Al Pacino and a one-man soliloquy based on Ravana.

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