Son to shoot film at Kaifi Azmi’s birth­place Mi­jwan

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Cine­matog­ra­pher Baba Azmi is set to make his di­rec­to­rial de­but with ‘Me Rak­sam’ at his fa­ther Kaifi Azmi’s birth­place Mi­jwan in Aza­m­garh. The mahu­rat shot of the film will be held on Jan­uary 17, four days after his fa­ther and leg­endary poet’s 100th birth an­niver­sary. Azmi will be both di­rect­ing and pro­duc­ing the film.

Baba Azmi has been cine­matog­ra­pher for films like Mr In­dia, Tezab, Dil, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Pukar and Yaariyan to name a few. He has also di­rected a short film ‘Con­esty’ which has bagged sev­eral awards.

The film stars 16-year-old Mi­jwan girl Aditi Sharma, who will make her film de­but. ‘Dhobi Ghat’ ac­tor and das­taango Dan­ish Hus­sain and ‘Peepli Live’ fame Far­rukh Ja­far are play­ing ma­jor roles in the film. A se­nior ac­tor from Bol­ly­wood will also be a part of the film but the team is still keep­ing the name un­der wrap.

“We have all ac­tors from Ut­tar Pradesh. This (Me Rak­sam) is work­ing ti­tle and we will de­cide on the name later. The en­tire film will be shot in Mizwan from Jan­uary 17 to Fe­bru­ary 24,” in­formed a source close to the team.

Me Rak­sam mean ‘I want to dance’ and is said be a story of fa­ther-daugh­ter es­sayed by Aditi and Dan­ish.

How­ever, they did not dis­close any­thing about the film but con­firmed that the film is not based on Kaifi Azmi’s story or nazm. “It’s a fic­tional story. All we can say is that it is filmi drama,” in­formed the source. How­ever, the film will be shot in and around his house.

The film’s script has been writ­ten by Mir Ali Hus­sain who has writ­ten lyrics for Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Dor’, in­clud­ing the song Yeh Hon­sla. ‘Me Rak­sam’ will have mu­sic by new com­poser Ripul Sharma. “The songs are be­ing recorded and lyrics are by dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

The film is ex­pected to be ready by year end as a fit­ting trib­ute to Kaifi Azmi by his son on his birth cen­te­nary year.

We have all ac­tors from Ut­tar Pradesh. This (Me Rak­sam) is work­ing ti­tle and we will de­cide on the name later. The en­tire film will be shot in Mizwan from Jan­uary 17 to Fe­bru­ary 24 SOURCE

Kaifi Azmi (file photo) Pro­ducer-di­rec­tor Baba Azmi

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