October 26th, 2011
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Trishna the Indian Tess of d’ Ubervilles

trishna New York:  ‘Trishna’ inspired from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles is set between rural Rajasthan and urban Mumbai. The British director Michael Winterbottom, revisits Hardy’s novel in the light of a changing India, where traditional, static ways of life collide with new dreams and modern aspirations. He does it in a way that tries to eschew the Indian exotica popularized by the likes of “Slumdog Millionaire” – Trishna is more art house than blockbuster.

The movie stars Freida Pinto the actress who claimed national attention through her role in Slumdog Millionaire and Riz Ahmed. The film is set to release in India in 2012. The movie is sure to create ripple especially when the versatile filmmaker has given life to it. Mr Winterbottom, ‘The Road to Guantanamo’, a harrowing part-documentary on Guantanamo prisoners, and ‘A Mighty Heart’ the true story of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was abducted and killed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan found a special place in the hearts of the viewers.

The reason for setting the movie in Rajastan came as a surprise to all and the director says how the thought took birth in his mind. “We were following Hardy’s story. One aspect that Hardy’s novel deals with is the idea of a fixed, traditional rural community that is changing quite rapidly with the coming of the railways, with urbanization, the mechanization of farms. It’s a move from a static society to a much more mobile one. In the book, Tess goes to a fictional equivalent of Bournemouth, a kind of resort town on the coast of England. And Mumbai was our equivalent of that, really. The idea of the film is that you are taking a society that is very rigid, very rural, very traditional, and then seeing the way in which it is being transformed by modern communication, education, transport and so on.”






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