“Freida Pinto’s love-making scene the most graphic in Indian films”

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Freida Pinto

MUMBAI: Michael Winterbottom’s new movie adaptation ‘Trishna’ starring Freida Pinto,  is to release in India this July, in the dubbed Hindi version. ‘Trishna’ is inspired by British literateur Thomas Hardy’s 19th century masterpiece ‘Tess’. A reliable source informs that the Indian distributors of ‘Trishna’ intend to add an item song to the British director’s screen version of the Tess saga.

Says the source close to the project, “The film’s Indian distributors think ‘Trishna’ is too artistic. But it also has the makings of a great masala film. Freida Pinto plays a kind of Mother India who’s tossed from one cruel circumstance to another. Women audiences in India would weep buckets over the ablaa naari(hapless woman) act of Freida. And also, let’s not overlook the fact, the the male audience is also in for a treat. Freida has done some of the most graphic and lingering love-making scenes in the history of films based India. So we see a lot of potential for ‘Trishna’ in the Indian market.”

To enhance and boost the film’s box-office potential we hear the Indian distributors have decided to add an item song by Huma Qureshi in the Hindi version of ‘Trishna’. Qureshi is the leading lady of Anurag Kashyap’s much talked-about forthcoming film ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’. Interestingly, Anurag also has cameo appearance in ‘Trishna’.

Apparently the situation for the item song  is interwoven into the plot. Says the informed source, “Freida plays a wannabe Bollywood actress in Bollywood. In a sequence she visits a studio to meet director Anurag Kashyap and his wife Kalki. That’s where the item song will come in.”

When contacted, Sunil Bohra who is ‘Trishna’s Indian producer did not try to deny the artistic liberties planned to be taken with Thomas Hardy and Michael Winterbottom Says Bohra, “Yes, we’re going to have an item song. There’s an ideal situation for it in the film when the heroine goes to meet a director. The item song titled ‘Maintenance meri maintenance’ is filmed on Huma Quereshi. Ganesh Acharya has choreographed it. It will get our audiences repeatedly into the theatres to watch the film.”

When asked what the ‘Trishna’ director would think of the tantalizing embellishment to his artistry, Bohra was nonchalant. “It’s not as if the situation for the item song is not there in the film. In fact we’re also going to change the posters of ‘Trishna’ for the Indian release. The international posters are much too abstract. We’re planning something far more desi and eye-catching.”

Bohra also expressed his apprehensions about the love-making scenes. “I can tell you , Freida’s love-making scenes in Trishna would set the screen on fire. I am only worried about our censorboard.”

We’re also worried about Freida’s response to Ms Huma Qureshi stealing some of the thunder.