Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut who has announced that she is turning director with her home production ‘Teju’ will play an elderly woman in the film.
Kangana said in a statement, “I will play an 80-year-old woman in my first directorial Teju. The film 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.”
Kangana Ranaut reveals with a delighted laugh, going on to add that 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 film rolls in December and is targeting a 2018-end release. The actress who is also scripting it, informs that it will touch on concerns like mortality, what lies beyond and the essence of existence but not in a way that is dark, depressing or boring. “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,” promises Kangana.
The film will give a lot of insight into her early life. “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,“ she revealed.
The Rangoon star says she was raised by her great grandparents and that she understands the plight of senior citizens. “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 is a woman perched on the threshold of death but not yet ready to leave the world.”
Kangana,who is in her thirties, wants to experience how it feels to be 80 through her film.“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.”