Veteran Tamil actress is Revathy is now directing a remake of Mahesh Bhatt’s 1984 cult classic Arth with the guru Mahesh Bhatt’s consent. But it’s generally believed by those filmmakers who matter that Arth belongs to the category of inviolable works of art. A prominent epic director in an off-the-record conversation expressed his dread over the announcement. “There are certain films one can’t even dream of doing again. Mughal-e-Azam, for instance. Or Pakeezah. Or for that matter Sujata and Amar Prem. Arth is definitely a film that shouldn’t be tampered with.”
Not surprisingly Mahesh Bhatt , known to be liberal in his creative space, has given his blessings to Revathy who told a tabloid , “I didn’t accept the offer immediately as Arth is not a film you can think of remaking, but after speaking to Bhatt saab … I was convinced that we can do it. However, this one is not a remake but a modern take on Arth.”
How modern, we soon got to know.
In what could come as a shocking casting news to many fans of the film ,it was revealed that Jacqueline Fernandez would play the role of the Other Woman in this story of marital infidelity.
The role based on the actress Parveen Babi was originally taken to sublime heights by Smita Patil.
Says a caustic actress who was very close to the original Arth. “If she is serious about signing this actress then I don’t think Revathy is serious about remaking Arth.”
On the other hand a source close to the Arth remake says Revathy has not approached any actor. “So I really don’t know if this is someone’s marketing team’s wishful thinking.”
While refusing to comment on the remake Shabana Azmi who played the imperishable part of a deserted wife in Arth says, "Mahesh Bhatt's Arth remains a milestone in my career. I continue to meet women who say that it was a transformative experience for them and gave them tremendous strength.”