Both legends beyond all definition, Kishore Kumar and Madhubala , once married, are now joined together in an unexpected way.
The bio-pics on their lives are stuck due to the intervention of their respective families. Anurag Basu had been trying to make the Kishore Kumar bio-pic for four years. Ranbir Kapoor was to play Kishore Kumar. But the iconic singer’s son Amit Kumar had other plans. He wouldn’t allow a film on his father to be made without his consent on every matter.
Finally, Basu gave up in exasperation. Now it is Imtiaz Ali’s turn to feel the full impact of familiar intervention. His proposed bio-pic on Madhubala, approved by one of the deceased star’s sister has just been legally halted by another sister.
So where does Imtiaz go from here with his dream project? Chances are, nowhere.
A source in the know says it’s a no-win situation. “You can’t make a film on any well-known figure without extraneous interference in this country. The only option at Imtiaz’s disposal is to fictionalize the screenplay and leave out all references to Madhubala.”
But that’s another story.