R Madhavan is the latest showbiz celebrity to be struck by the Covid-19 virus. But if you think he is depressed about it, far from it. Infact, when connected with him on Friday morning, he was upbeat.“Haanji bin bulaye mehmaan aa gaya (The unwelcome guest is here). The only problem is, I have to be confined to my home for fifteen days. Otherwise, there is no problem at all. Thanks so very much for your concern. I am feeling much better and am being well taken care of. I am actually enjoying this enforced resting period. It’s God’s will. I normally won’t dream of being without work. But this time, I’ve actually welcomed the time off. ”
Madhavan was in the midst of the post-production work for his bio-pic on scientist Nambi Narayanan when Covid struck.
Says Madhavan, “We are determined to do justice to the extraordinary life of Nambi Narayanan. He is one of the many unsung heroes of our country who deserves to be anointed with a worthy film.”
In 1994, Narayanan a space-research scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) had been falsely accused of espionage.
Says Madhavan , “We are going into every aspect of Narayanan’s life without apology. There’s really no point in doing a bio-pic unless the complete truth is told.”
The Nambi Narayanan bio-pic is being made simultaneously into Hindi, Tamil and English.
Some years ago, Madhavan was signed to play another Tamil academic genius, the mathematician Ramanujan. But, the deal fell through and the role finally went to Dev Patel who looked as Tamil as Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One.
Says Madhavan gently, “It’s not important for an actor to be culture specific. I mean Meryl Streep was not Polish, was she, when she did Sophie’s Choice. And Ben Kingsley is hardly Gujarati . But he played Mahatma Gandhi flawlessly. It’s important to capture the essence, the soul of the character. I am trying to do that in the Nambi Narayanan bio-pic.”
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