20th August 2023, Mumbai: Is Kriti Sanon embarking on her journey to embody Meena Kumari’s essence? Here’s the lowdown on what’s been circulating. The spotlight is now fixated on Kriti Sanon, the leading lady of the much-anticipated Meena Kumari biopic. This cinematic endeavor is poised to mark the directorial debut of none other than the illustrious fashion guru of Bollywood, Manish Malhotra.
Kriti Sanon Overview
Kriti Sanon, a resounding name in the tinsel town, has solidified her presence as a prominent and influential figure in the realm of Bollywood. A diva who stepped onto the cinematic stage in 2014 with “Heropanti,” alongside the dynamic Tiger Shroff, has etched her journey with a mix of raw talent and unyielding diligence. The trajectory of her career has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride propelled by her relentless passion. Audiences have been captivated by her acting finesse, witnessed in notable films like “Bareilly Ki Barfi,” “Luka Chuppi,” and the recent sensation “Mimi.”
Kriti Sanon to play The ‘Tragedy Queen’
Now, as the curtains rise for her portrayal of the coveted Meena Kumari, an iconic luminary of Hindi cinema, Sanon stands ready to capture the essence of this celebrated late actress. The anticipation escalates as the biopic, a depiction of Bollywood’s ‘Tragedy Queen,’ is set to be her inaugural foray into the world of biographical cinema. A remarkable milestone in itself, the film also debuts the virtuoso of fashion, Manish Malhotra, as a director. The task of embodying such an iconic figure rests heavily on Kriti Sanon’s shoulders, as she reportedly delves into her preparatory journey for this momentous role.
Kriti Sanon to go back in time
In the corridors of rumor, word has it that Kriti Sanon has begun the process of channeling Meena Kumari’s essence. Sanon is undertaking an immersive exploration of Meena Kumari’s idiosyncrasies and on-screen persona. Her method? A rendezvous with some of the timeless and celebrated works of this legendary diva. But that’s not all; Sanon is diving headfirst into a treasure trove of old interviews, aiming to unravel the layers of Meena Kumari’s personal life.
Meena Kumari Overview
The intricate tale of her character, it seems, demands profound understanding. Adding a splash of intrigue, insiders have spilled the beans on Sanon’s immersive preparation for the Meena Kumari biopic. “Amid the hustle of shooting for ‘Do Patti’ alongside Kajol, Kriti is delving into Meena Kumari’s cinematic gems, including timeless classics like ‘Baiju Bawra’ (1952), ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ (1962), and ‘Pakeezah’ (1972). Her aim is to assimilate the nuances and essence that elevated her to the status of an icon,” disclosed a source close to the project.
Meena Kumari’s Aura to be depicted On Screen
Acknowledging that the off-screen life of Meena Kumari holds as much intrigue as her on-screen presence, Kriti Sanon is embracing a multidimensional approach to her preparation. As the actress immerses herself in a sea of interviews and biographies, she is cultivating a profound understanding of the persona she is to embody. This phase of soft preparation is projected to continue until mid-September, after which the arduous leg of training, marked by table readings and intensive workshops, will commence.
The spotlight is destined to shine brighter as the Kriti Sanon-led Meena Kumari biopic, helmed by Manish Malhotra, inches closer to reality. Anticipation simmers as the first week of October heralds the beginning of the shooting schedule under the seasoned eye of Manish Malhotra. Behind the scenes, the writing team is meticulously adding the finishing strokes to the script, ensuring a compelling narrative. With the script primed, the spotlight will then shift to the selection of the remaining ensemble cast, a decision eagerly awaited by enthusiasts of both Bollywood and Meena Kumari’s enduring legacy.
By Yashika Desai