Days before veteran journalist Vinod Mehta passed away, leading Bollywood producer and distributor Sunil Bohra had bought film rights of two of his books — 'The Sanjay Story' and 'Meena Kumari'. Bohra plans to make movies on both the subjects —the political life and controversies concerning the late Sanjay Gandhi, the younger son of former PM Indira Gandhi, and the turbulent life of legendary Bollywood actor, the late Meena Kumari. "I strongly believe that these are great stories of two personalities which need to be told," Bohra told ET.
He said he has been an ardent admirer of Vinod Mehta's works, especially after the latter took the reins of Outlook magazine. "I strongly regret that I could not meet him but I was told by his family that he was very happy to learn that movies will be made on his books," Bohra said. The films will be produced by Bohra Bros — Sunil Bohra and Sunil Jain — which has produced several acclaimed movies, including the Gangs of Wasseypur, Shaitan, Sahib Biwi aur Gangster and Shahid. Bohra Bros plans to start work on both the projects with immediate effect and finalise the scripts in 3-5 months.
As per available information, movie adaptations of the books will be made after meeting and interviewing the people who were close or privy to the lives of Sanjay Gandhi and Meena Kumari. The film on Sanjay will capture his journey from a "lonely child" in Doon school to a political king, and the controversies concerning him and the Gandhi family during his era. The movie on "great tragedienne" Meena Kumari will cover her journey from a chawl to become the film industry's highest paid actress of her times and will depict her personal life and how she became an alcoholic. "We do not intend to hurt anybody's feelings. It will be an honest narration of actual events," Bohra said.
He shared that a competent team is being made for adapting the books into screenplays after which star cast and directors will be finalised. Bohra's recent produce, Manoj Bajpai and Nawazuddin Siddiquistarrer Gangs of Wasseypur-1 and 2, had done exceedingly well at the box office and also earned their director Anurag Kashyap critical acclaim.
His 2013 biographical film 'Shahid' bagged two national awards, for best actor ( Raj Kumar Yadav) and best director (Hansal Mehta) at the 61st National Film Awards ceremony.
Veteran journalist and author Vinod Mehta passed away after prolonged illness in the Capital on Sunday. He was 72. An eminent political commentator, Mehta occupied the editor's position in several publications, including Debonair, The Pioneer, The Sunday Observer, The Independent and The Indian Post besides Outlook.