Thursday, 9 August 2007
Friday Release: The Blue Umbrella ( August 10, 2007)
PANKAJ KAPOOR AND SHRIYA IN THE FILM - THE BLUE UMBRELLA
The Blue Umbrella, a children's film by Vishal Bharadwaj will finally release on August 10, 2007 in India. The film is based on a Ruskin Bond novella of the same name.
The book tells the story of Binya, a little girl living with her brother in a remote village of Himachal Pradesh. One day she chances upon a beautiful umbrella left behind by tourists. Binya's imagination makes it almost a friend for her.
The village's richest man is a middle-aged shopkeeper, who has an old "falling apart" shop; occasionally selling warm Coca Cola bottles to tourists, apart from catering to the poor villagers needs.
In a poor village the umbrella seems like a luxury and the shop keeper desires to have it. He employs a boy to steal it from the girl. But the boy is caught by Binya's brother after a frenzied chase.
What happenned next? Read the book for that.
The film has the same setting but the story has been changed to facilitate the film's length.
Pankaj Kapoor plays the cunning shopkeeper and Shriya plays the little girl Binya.
Vishal Bhardwaj had earlier made the children's film Makhdee and the Shakespearean adaptation of Othello- Omkara.
The music is by the director himself with lyrics by Gulzar.
A song goes:
Baarish se jo rishta hai
Paani se mann kichta hai.....
(The relation that is with rain, water attracts me)
The lines personify the umbrella's desire. Gulzar is poetically brillant in the songs..there are three of them.
RUSKIN BOND OBLIGING A READER WITH HIS SIGNATURE.THE FILM IS ADAPTED FROM THE WRITER'S NOVELLA OF THE SAME NAME.