Film maker Mani Shankar had begun his big screen foray with a bang when
his new age thriller 16 DECEMBER met with a positive response.
A film which didn't boast of any conventional mainstream hero/heroine
and had an ensemble cast of Milind Soman
, Dipannita Sharma
Denzongpa, Aditi Govitrikar, Sushant Singh
and Gulshan Grover
DECEMBER was a success and paced way for Mani Shankar to make many more
experimental films with technical finesse to boast.
However, it was only downhill from here because even
though he got big
budgets for both his follow up films RUDRAKSH and TANGO CHARLIE, Mani
Shankar didn't quite do justice to the execution. While his RUDRAKSH
was a huge disappointment due to it's mumbo-jumbo narrative and an
interesting concept going haywire, TANGO CHARLIE did have it's moments
but the low points exceeded the positives.
With two back to back failures, Mani Shankar took a brief hiatus only
to begin work on his next film MUKHBIIR. Though the film started more
than two years back, it would only be in the middle of this year that
MUKHBIIR is finally seeing the light of the day.
While Mani Shankar has also written the story and screenplay of
MUKHBIIR, Sameer Dattani, Suneil Shetty and Om Puri
are the chief
protagonists of MUKHBIIR. The film has Raima Sen
as the leading with
, Sushant Singh
, Raj Zutshi and Kelly Dorjee
star cast. The film also features Jackie Shroff
in guest appearance.
Rumoredly, MUKHBIIR is a spy thriller and looks at the functioning of
intelligence agencies. As per Mani Shankar, "MUKHBIIR is an untold
story of the espionage meeting the underworld. It talks of the kind of
risks a 'mukhbir’ i.e. an informer has to take in his job."
MUKHBIIR is looking at a 30th May release.
Joginder Tuteja (SAMPURN)