Vidya to play Subbulakshmi in Rajiv Menon biopic

It seems that Vidya Balan is set to play Bharat Ratna awardee vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi in a biopic.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013   |  Copyright: IANS  |  Comments 6 Comments  |  1780 Views

Vidya balanIt seems that Vidya Balan is set to play Bharat Ratna awardee vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi in a biopic.

The Subbulakshmi saga, which spans 88 years, would be told by admaker-cinematographer-filmmaker Rajiv Menon who has earlier directed Tamil feature films "Minsara Kanavu" ("Sapney" in Hindi) with Kajol and Prabhudheva, and "Kandukondain Kandukondain" with Tabu and Aishwarya Rai playing sisters.

Confirming the Subbulakshmi bio-pic for the first time, Menon, who is currently shooting an ad abroad, said: "I've narrated the script to Vidya, and she has liked it. We would now be taking the project to the next level next week after I return to India. At the moment, I am shooting with giraffes and lions in South Africa."

Subbulakshmi would be one of the most ambitious biopics ever, to be made at an estimated cost of Rs.70 crore in three languages Hindi, Tamil and English.

Said a close friend of Rajiv from the Tamil film industry, "Rajiv has been deeply interested in Carnatic music, especially the music of Subbulakshmi for years. He has lived with this project for many years. He feels Vidya with her keen understanding of Hindustani sangeet would be able to pull off the legendary icon's life."

Unlike Vidya's "The Dirty Picture", which was a very selective bio-pic taking the more sensational aspects of Silk Smitha's life and career, Menon's biopic would transverse Subbulakshmi's entire life and career.

"Rajiv somewhere read that Vidya was a keen student of music and wanted to do a bio-pic on Lata Mangeshkar. It was then that Rajiv thought of Vidya to play Subbulakshmi. He wanted a South Indian actress who could carry off the age-span from 18 to 88. Vidya would have to work very hard on the body language and the vocal inflexions."

The original songs by the doyen, who died in 2004, would be used. But new recordings of the Subbulakshmi songs would be done by a professional Carnatic singer.


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  • Posted on: 14 February 2013 at 8:52pmkavyasam

    She is a good actress no doubt, but MS Subbalakshmi? Vidya has very bright and sharp eyes, I am not sure if she can bring the serene utter devotion Subbalakshmi's eyes show. I am already not liking the choice:(.

    Even while in dirty picture she was brilliant, her eyes were still bright and ambition filled as opposed to sad, sensual, seductive mix of Silk Smita's.

  • Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 9:23pmaczc

    I love VB but lot of people say she is the only or best actress in btown at the moment that is an insult to actress like rani, tabu,konkona . Thye are still active in btown but we seems to think woman gets old after 5/6 years of acting...

  • Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 11:24amsilvermoonlight

    Vidya Balan has carved a niche for herself and is hence being selected for some meaty roles.
    she is a great actress and puts life into a character.
    Before everyone was crazy about Aish..and although she is not that great an actress..she is beautiful ..but even that failed when her last few movies flopped at the BO.
    Vidya is not the most beautiful but definitely has a certain look to her making her apt for in demand roles that no one else can play.

    Love VBK

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  • Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 7:27ampoetic

    Great news. Will wait for this biopic. Am sure VB will do full justice to the role.

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  • Posted on: 13 February 2013 at 6:43amtashug9

    vidhya the only" actress" in bollywood...

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