Pankaj Kapoor to Deliver Happiness at Your Doorstep in Bhavna Talwar's HAPPI (Hindi, 2011) Indian Film

[HAPPI (Happy) Hindi Film Poster]

Mumbai, Feb 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) If your mundane life has been taking away the million-dollar smile off your lips, film ‘Happi’ can be a retreat for the sad soul! May 20, 2011 - the release date - is the day when director Bhavna Talwar has decided to bring back joy and satisfaction back to the life of the urban audiences across India.

‘Happi’ is Talwar’s second directorial venture after ‘Dharm’ [buy DVD online] which won national acclaims. In Dharm, the monotonous life of a ritualistic Pandit Chaturvedi is encroached upon by an abandoned infant. Left with no choice, the priest grudgingly adopts the child. His life swivels into a whirlwind of laughter and joy, like the rigid priest has never experienced before. But fate knocks at his door in the guise of a woman who stakes a claim to the boy. The priest's world is shattered when he learns that his son Kartikeya is born of a Muslim mother. The four years of Kartikeya's childhood challenge the very core of Pandit Chaturvedi's belief in Hinduism - the 4000 years old way of life. What will persist? His love for his child or his love for his God, his religion? Dharm starred Pankaj Kapur, Supriya Pathak, Hrishitaa Bhatt, K K Raina, Daya Shankar Pandey, Pankaj Tripathy etc. and featured music by Debajyoti Mishra (interview).

Happi is being produced under the banner of ‘Rakht Charitra’ makers Vistaar Religare Films Fund which is co-owned by Bhavna’s husband, Sheetal Talwar and WSG Pictures. The film stars veteran actor Pankaj Kapur in the title role of Happi who is a homeless man indwelling on the streets of Mumbai. The plot revolves around how Happi spreads happiness and joy through his small gestures. The film may be a ‘satire’ as the director calls it but surely points a finger at societal conditions of today that has ripped the common man’s sense of a blissful existence.

The film has been co-produced by Gary Dhillon and Sachindra Nath and has actors of the like of Supriya Pathak, Kapur’s better half,  Nakul Vaid of ‘Ab Tak Chhapan’ fame and Hrishitaa Bhatt in the supporting lead. The story has been penned down by Talwar herself while Pankaj Kapur has written the script of the film. In a candid interview, director Bhavna Talwar confessed that Pankaj Kapur was her only choice for the role of ‘Happi’. Both of them share a great comfort level and she would love to work with the actor again and again. ‘Happi’ has been adorned with great music by South Indian composer and singer Ilayaraja.

Though most of the sounds and voices have been captured live for the film, some important lines of Pankaj Kapur needed to be dubbed. The dubbing took place at the illustrious Canongate Studios in Edinburgh and Kapur revealed that he was extremely excited about this experience. According to sources, son Shahid Kapur who happened to be present there for the shooting of the much awaited film ‘Mausam’, also accompanied the actor during this endeavor.

Pankaj Kapur, a trained engineer, debuted in Bollywood with Shyam Benegal’s film ‘Arohan’ in 1982. A small role as Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary in the historical film ‘Gandhi’ brought him to limelight. His versatile roles have bagged him National acclaims for films like Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Roja and Maqbool. His comic excellence in the series ‘Office Office’ is considered to be one of his best works. Kapur’s directorial venture ‘Mausam’ starring actor-son Shahid Kapur and Sonam Kapoor have already begun to gather much news across B-town.

Bhavna Talwar surprised critics and audiences with her story telling in her first film ‘Dharm’ that spelled out the staunchness of religion in India. A director with a difference, Bhavna promises to give a message along with every piece of her work. ‘Happi’ definitely promises to be one of the ‘must watch’ films of the year as it gears up to celebrate the art of simple living and an endearing existence.