Wednesday, June 15, 2005

maqbool redux

Thanks to a note from Abhishek tagged to my latest post dedicated to Anurag Kashyap (and my original post about my reactions to the film), I went back home and scrolled through the end credits for Maqbool on the DVD (sad thoughts on this elsewhere) I own. First off, I have to correct my original post about the film where I referenced Karan Johar. The only people credited in the "Special Thanks" section that starts off the scroll of end credits are (with my annotations about the reasons for the acknowledgements along with -- in some cases -- the actual reasons) [thanks in no small part to a Midday interview featuring a little box of delicious trivia]:

Farrukh Dhondy (for assistance with the screenplay?; from the Midday trivia box: Farrukh Dhondy made several suggestions that were incorporated in the final draft of the film's screenplay)

Sreekar Prasad (I wonder if Vishal elicited this award-winning editor's services on Maqbool ...)

Mani Ratnam (referenced in the film; yet, other people are also referenced, so this is a weak argument; I'd also throw in the possibility that Vishal borrowed Sreekar from Ratnam while he was working on Yuva ...; from the Midday trivia box: Mani Ratnam suggested to Bhardwaj that he include a portion in the script where the lead protagonists Maqbool and Nimmi make merry after they've killed Abbaji...Bhardwaj wanted to insert it but was apprehensive of fiddling with the screenplay while the shoot had begun.)

Laurens C. Postma (IMDB credits him as an executive producer on the film)

Vidhu Vinod Chopra (from Abbas Tyrewala for giving him breathing space from Munna Bhai MBBS to work on Maqbool?; from the Midday trivia box: Vidhu Vindod Chopra guided Bhardwaj to produce the film himself and put him in touch with NFDC...NFDC, approached to co-produce the film, wanted to lower its Rs 5 crore budget, and include a 'star' in the line-up as well.)

Anurag Kashyap (to quote Bhardwaj himself from an article about Mantra, Bhardwaj's collaboration with Shekhar Kapur: It was Anurag Kashyap who told me to watch Throne of Blood. That's when the idea of Maqbool unfolded. I placed Macbeth's characters in Mumbai's underworld; from the Midday trivia box: Anurag Kashyap had a minor role in the introduction of the film (later deleted) - an unusual killing scene in which filmmaker Kashyap's body is poured with beer, sauce and sizzlers) [yeah!! add that to the list of things defining the Kashyap mystique ...]

In other news, Chatri Chor [aka Chhatri Chor] (with Pankaj Kapur in the title role), Vishal's adaptation of Ruskin Bond's The Blue Umbrella is slated to hit theatres next month. Does anyone know about an associated soundtrack release, if any?

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