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Sanjay Gupta acquires rights to "Vine of Desire"

October 01, 2008
Sanjay ‘Dude’ Gupta, the filmmaker whose passions run into bikes, hi-fi, and action-packed films, is to get classic with his next film.

Adapted on LA-based author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s literary marvel Vine of Desire, the film will see Sanjay in a new avatar. Incidentally, Chitra’s earlier book was made into Mistress of Spices with Aishwarya Bachchan in the lead.

“I love all her works,” admitted Sanjay. “When I was reading this book, it was like watching a film. I could see the entire story unfold in front of my eyes. That’s when I thought I had to turn it into a film.” He will be flying to LA next month to meet the author. The Vine of Desire is a sequel to Chitra’s earlier book Sister of My Heart and revolves around two half-sisters. “Dia (Mirza) says that I have turned into a chick-flick guy,” laughed Sanjay, who is simultaneously working on Milte Hai, a script by Meghna Gulzar, which is also women-centric.

He knows, of course, that films adapted from books often fail to impress. “I agree. When you read a book, you picturise the whole story in your head. And when you watch the film, you see the director’s perception of the story, and that’s when you get disappointed. But that’s not the case with classics. We have seen Devdas, Parineeta, these films have not let us down,” Sanjay said defensively.

He has roped in Pooja Bhatt to direct this venture and will finalise the starcast soon. The film will go on the floor by the end of this year. “Pooja, too, was impressed after reading the book,” said Sanjay. “She sent me a beautiful message saying, ‘It makes me want to act all over again’.” Does that mean Pooja, who was last seen in Everybody Says I’m Fine and has acted in such hits as Zakhm, Sadak and Dil Hain Ki Manta Nahin, feature in his film? “It’s her choice, if she wants to then she can go ahead,” said the generous filmmaker of the actress who turned director with Paap in 2004 and last year directed Dhokha.