Divorce. The moment you hear this word, the first thing that comes to your mind is that of a married couple parting ways citing various differences, one of the main reasons being incompatibility. But have you ever heard of a child wanting a 'divorce' from his parents? Well, that's the theme of debutante director M.J. Ramanan's DIVORCE, starring Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Sonu Sood and Master Parth. Although Ramanan denies that his film had drawn inspiration from MASOOM, AKELE HUM AKELE TUM and RAHUL, which reflected the emotions of a neglected child, he does admit that the story of DIVORCE germinated after he read a report in a U.S. newspaper about a young boy seeking divorce from his parents since they neglected him. To be shot in a start-to-finish schedule, from February 9 to March 12, DIVORCE makes an attempt to reflect the lives of an urban couple. But it's not an art/experimental film. It's a sensitively penned story that should strike a chord with every parent and child, not just in India but abroad as well, Ramanan informs me. Having assisted a number of names in India as well as in Hollywood, DIVORCE marks Ramanan's entry in Bollywood mainstream cinema. It took time to get a producer to back this project, he reveals. Gunjan Apsara co-produces the film; this being her production debut. Mandira endorses Ramanan's statements, What really got me hooked was the plot of the film. I relate to it completely. As a married woman, I may not be devoting as much time as I should to my husband [director Raj Kaushal] and home. That propelled me to accept the film. Sonu Sood, who won critical acclaim for his performance as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, sounds equally gung ho about the film. Incidentally, 2004 seems like a crucial year for this youngster, what with Mani Ratnam's YUVA [Sonu plays the main negative role in the film] and Shyam Benegal's film slated for release in the coming months. Jackie, who plays a lawyer, feels that the role he is enacting in DIVORCE is different from the one enacted by him in KAASH. Every director has a vision. Every director has his own style of doing things. That film [KAASH] was different from this one. But, of course, the colour of the tear never changes. Both are emotional films, he tells me. The press meet of DIVORCE was held on Monday, February 9 at Hotel Sun N Sand, Juhu.
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