Bhavna Talwar to direct adaptation of kid’s classic ‘Heidi’

Mumbai, Jan 28 (IANS) Director Bhavna Talwar, who bagged the National Film Award for her feature film “Dharm”, is helming the feature adaptation of the children’s classic novel “Heidi”.

Titled “Heidi- Queen of the Mountains”, the English language motion picture is being produced by Simon Wright of Big Tree Productions and Sheetal Talwar, chairman, Vistaar.

“Simon Wright had approached me with the film and I thought it was a great opportunity and agreed to do it. I had read the ‘Heidi’ series much earlier and with the film I am keen on presenting a contemporary interpretation of the story,” Bhavna, who won numerous accolades including the Karmaveer Puruskar for Pankaj Kapur-starrer “Dharm”, said in a statement.

The film, which has completed the first schedule in Britain, stars Golden Globe-winning actor Bill Nighy, Mark Williams and Helen Baxendale.

The first of the “Heidi” trilogy, the movie, written by writer-producer Paul Watson, has been filmed on location in Britain. The interior work schedule will be filmed in India.

‘Kabhi Kabhie’ completes 40 years, Big B nostalgic

Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Kabhi Kabhie” on Wednesday clocked 40 years since its release and the megastar is missing “the ethereal beauty of Kashmir and the company of extraordinary colleagues”.

The romantic film also features actors Raakhee, Sashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor and Simi Garewal.

“40 years of ‘Kabhi Kabhie’…! And the strains of the music, the poetry of the lyrics, the ethereal beauty of Kashmir and the company of extraordinary colleagues,” Big B wrote on his blog.

The 73-year-old thespian even took to his official Twitter page to express his happiness.

“40 years of ‘Kabhi Kabhie’! And they still want to hear me recite the poem!! Strength of cinema!” he tweeted.

Amitabh also shared some anecdotes from the film and said that the events were “Collected, managed, sewn together, in a most alluring cinema experience by the master of all that he did and make, Yash Chopra”.

The megastar, whose last big screen outing was Bejoy Nambiar’s “Wazir”, is currently shooting in Kolkata for his upcoming film “TE3N”.

Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, “TE3N” also stars Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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