Big Research For Big Film Mohenjo Daro
Ashutosh Gowariker’s ambitious love story set in the Indus Valley Civilisation in motion is Hritik’s next after exit from the Karan Johar ‘Shuddi’.
After Lagaan and Jodha Akbar Ashutosh Gowariker is prepping up to helm another period love story, this time travelling back to the 26th century BC. It is one of the most ancient-urban civilizations but it’s been limited to only a paragraph in history textbooks. Who were these people and how did they live their lives? What is their story?” These questions bothered and inspired Ashutosh to do so.
Ashutosh gave the first narration to Hrithik Roshan back in 2011 and the actor was instantly convinced about the project. “He fell in love with the story.” But setting the stage for the historical romance has not been easy for him.
Gowariker says “He had a major chunk of dates allotted to Karan Johar’s Shuddhi. However, since he decided to opt out of it, we decided to begin work on my film”. The director says the plot will follow the discovery of Mohenjo-daro and the culture and the vibe of the ancient civilisation, it will largely centre on a love story”. “I’ve met as many as seven archaeologists who have been closely involved in documenting the discovery of the Indus Valley Civilisation. I have also visited the archaeological site of Dhola Veera in Kutch (Gujarat) for a recce”, added Ashu. He futher says “I’m soon going to visit Mohenjo-daro as well. But since the film is set in a certain period, we will have to recreate the whole site in a film studio. We are presently working on the logistics.”
Did the debacle of the Abhishek Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer, Khelein Hum JeeJaanSey, affect his box-office standing? Ashutosh answered “No. Some films you make with a lot of passion and integrity, but they fail. What can you do about it? I’m very proud of Khelein Hum JeeJaan Sey and given a chance, I wouldn’t have made it differently.” So far, Gowariker is the solo producer of the film but negotiations are underway with a major studio.