A relatively new director Prabhakar Shukla was keenly pursuing to make a film on celebrated painter MF Husain for the past one year. But before he could discuss the film in detail with MF Husain, the painter passed away on Thursday in London this week. Apparently, the director wishes to cast Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan in the role of maverick artist MF Husain.
If things go as planned, Hindi filmmaker Shukla might be able to rope in Amitabh Bachchan for his project called ‘Husain - The Painter’, as Big B was very close to the deceased painter.
Big B was on very good terms with MF Husain. The latter had gifted him a painting of Lord Hanuman carrying the sanjivani booti when Bachchan was hospitalized during the ‘Coolie’ incident.
When contacted Shukla said, "Husain-The Painter has been on my mind since last one year and I had prepared all the necessary documents for that. My producer is also ready. Husainsaab had verbally been okay with the idea.
In fact I was planning to go and meet him in Qatar this month, to seek his blessings for the project. But now I have to rethink and begin it with his good wishes only. No doubt he was the Picasso of India, who had storm the world by his brush strokes.
Shukla has to his credit a small-budget film titled ‘Kahani Gudiya Ki’ , but the director has been heard of acquiring a producer to back his big budget ‘Husain – the Painter’.