It’s not every day when we see directors turning into actors. National award-winning director, Prakash Jha is ready to act in Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming project, which is tentatively titled as ‘Womaniya’. It is said to be a story of the world’s two oldest female sharpshooters; Chandro Tomar, 86 and her sister-in-law, Prakashi, 81 – who lives in Johri Village in Uttar Pradesh.
Recently, in an interview, Anurag Kashyap disproved the reports, which says his upcoming production project is shelved by announcing that, it will start on 10th February this year. According to the reports by Mumbai Mirror, the ace director Prakash Jha has been roped to play a major role in the movie. This movie is directed by Tushar Hiranandani while Tappsee Pannu and Bhumi Padnekar are playing the key roles.
A close source informed the media,
“Besides his hard-hitting films, Prakash is known for his acting prowess and will be playing a villain in this film. He has loved the script and will start shooting with Taapsee and Bhumi from February 10. He is excited about the project. The actors have begun their prep.”
Jha is not making a debut with this film, in the past, he has proven himself on screen with Jai Gangaajal, starring Priyanka Chopra, in which he portrayed the role of DSP Bhola Nath Singh. In 2010 as well, he played an important role in Rajneeti.
During the interview with the lyricist, Raj Shekhar who has written all the six songs for the film spoke to Mumbai Mirror, that “Womaniya” reveals the story of its protagonists and conveys a strong message – that life can begin even after the age of 50. Famously known as the “Revolver Daadis”, Chandro and Prakashi came to know about this sport first time when the former, in her 50s, had to accompany her granddaughter to Johri Rifle Club for Shooting classes.
Since then, the octogenarian-duo has won over 100 medals in the veteran category across championships in the north zone and also at pre-nationals. Prakashi, has also won many awards and has been honored with a Stree Shakti Puraskar by Pranab Mukherjee, former president of India, a Women’s Achievers in India trophy and also an Icon Lady Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development of India.
According to some earlier reports, the film was suspended and also some news suggested that Taapsee Pannu will no longer be a part of the film. Nevertheless, with this latest reports, we all can be sure that the film is on its track. Moreover, some recent statements from the makers of the film have cleared the airs regarding the film being shelved. While talking to Hindustan Times, the Mulk actress quoted,
“I can tell you from the information and knowledge I have, that all is on track. Rest we are waiting for the official announcement of the film, which is why we aren’t talking about it in detail as of now.”