Fresh from the success of his highly acclaimed Madaari, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan says he wanted to make a movie on the life of eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi.
Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awardee, Devi’s writings focused on the marginalized communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed. She died a few days ago following multi-organ failure at the age of 91.
The ‘Piku’ star, who is disheartened over the death of the author, hopes that the country achieves the kind of atmosphere she aspired for. “She was a very important writer, she has written amazing literature. I respect her a lot. I wanted to do a film on her life,” the 49-year-old actor told reporters.
“Wherever she is, may her soul rest in peace. I hope what she aspired, that atmosphere is created in the country,” he added.
The late writer helped tribal and the rural people to organize themselves in groups to develop their own areas. She founded several grassroot level societies for the welfare of tribals. – CINEWS