Kangana Ranaut seems to be the busiest actress in Bollywood with her on going promotions of ‘Simran’ and preparations of ‘manikarnika: The Rani of Jhansi’. And now she’s all geared up to make her directorial debut with the movie ‘Teju’. She’s going to direct the movie as well as play an 80-year-old in it.
Kangana reveals, “Teju is a woman perched on the threshold of death but not yet ready to leave the world. She is a warm, vibrant woman, full of life, who doesn’t feel old at all.”
The movie will go on floor in December this year and is targeted to release in December next year. Also, apart from Kangana acting and directing it, she’ll also be scripting the film. The movie will portray concerns like mortality, what lies beyond and the essence of existence, but it will not be dark, boring and depressing.
Kangana informs, “These are questions that all of us ask ourselves and each other from time to time. We will explore them in a light-hearted manner in my film dappled with the sunshine of Teju’s personality.”
Adding to which she said, “By the time I was a toddler, my great-grandmother was in her eighties. I grew up around old people and it pains me to see senior citizens largely ignored in any community, society or country.”
“Teju will be about every old person I know and have loved. It will also be a lot about me as I am older than my years. Today, unless I step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself as an actress, where is the need for me to leave my home, my family and my dog? I can live in comfort by simply cutting ribbons,” reasoned Kangana.
The film will be produced under the newly-launched banner Manikarnika Films along with her ‘Tanu Weds Manu 1 and 2’, and ‘Simran’ producer-friend Shailesh Singh. It will be shot in the locations of Himachal Pradesh.
Kangana concluded saying, “Teju will showcase Himachali life and culture which have largely gone unexplored in our mainstream cinema as filmmakers only use my part of the country as a beautiful setting for their songs. My film will be a visual treat but it will also give you a glimpse into my life before Bollywood, into the real Kangana whom few have known in all these years.”