Bhargav Saikia’s New Film on Ruskin Bond

Veteran actor Tom Alter will play celebrated author Ruskin Bond in a new short film to be directed by Assam-born Bhargav Saikia.

Saikia, whose Kashmir-set independent thriller ‘Kaafiron Ki Namaaz’ and short horror film ‘Awakenings’ received widespread acclamations, is extremely happy to welcome the actor on board for his new project, which narrates one of Bond’s short stories.

While Saikia is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with Tom Alter, he is happy that he has Bond’s support for the film.

“I met Ruskin Bond Sir in Landour (near Mussoorie) last year and he was very kind to grant me the permission to make a short film on one of his stories,” Saikia said, clarifying that his film is not a biopic on Ruskin Bond.

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj had adapted two Bond stories for film – ‘The Blue Umbrella’ and ‘7 Khoon Maaf’.

Tom Alter hopes to exude Bond’s indomitable spirit without trying to become a caricature in the short film, which will start shooting at the end of April this year. “Ruskin is a very old friend. I don’t look like him, he’s far more handsome. There is nobody who can copy him, so there is no attempt to mimic him,” the veteran actor said.

Alter, who’s had a fruitful career in Bollywood too, says he is glad the industry is exploring more themes now. “I’m glad people are trying out more themes now. I saw ‘Dangal’. No one would have made ‘Dangal’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘Mary Kom’ 10 years ago. When I wrote a sports novel in 2005, people laughed at me saying no one is interested in sports,” he said.

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