Shekhar Kapur plans to revive his shelved Hindi film ''Pani''

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Mumbai, Nov 15 (UNI) Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur today said that he plans to revive his shelved Hindi film ''Pani'' (water) soon.

Responding to questions on when he would make a Hindi film, Kapur, who has carved a niche for himself in the world cinema, said he would make an announcement to this effect soon.

Hindi film industry makes the highest number of movies in a year but still has not managed to achieve a break-even in international cinema, he lamented and felt that Hindi filmmakers should attempt those subjects which are universally appealing.

''I hope ''Pani'' would achieve that objective. It is a film of the future. Scarcity of water and the problems arising out of it is an universal theme. My film is set in a city of 20 million population which runs out of water and an armed fight to protect the existing water resources,'' he said.

Kapur informed that his film would be laced with a love story about a poor boy, belonging to the group that fights for water, and a rich girl, whose father belongs to the group that seeks control of the water resources. ''I promise that I will make the film entertaining without deviating from the core issue of creating awareness about the dangers of water scarcity,'' he added.

He felt Hollywood had destroyed indigenous film markets across the world like Italy, Spain, Japan and Germany as the films appealed to the rebelliousness of the youth.

''Bollywood is doing much better. It shares a special bond with its audience. But, I think it is caught in a dillema on whether to extend that bond to overseas audience or come out of that relationship altogether. We need universal themes to attract audiences from across the globe. ''Pani'' might be one of them as water is a relevant issue world over,'' he added.

He said that he has also planned an animation film ''Suitable Cockroach'' with music by A R Rehman.

UNI

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