Ashutosh Gowariker, the director of Oscar nominated film ‘Lagaan’, will be directing Hrithik Roshan in his most ambitious film to date. Titled Mohenjodaro, the film is based on the Indus Valley Civilization.
In an interview with DNA India, Ashutosh spoke about the film and why he decided to cast Hrithik as the main lead.
The Indus Valley civilisation has fascinated me since my schooldays when we read about it in history. Though I made other films Mohenjodaro always remained at the back of my mind. After Jodhaa Akbar I started reading on the subject in detail and as I researched more I realised that there is so little one knows about this period. Though a lot of romanticisation of these times have been done still we don’t know much and yet there is constant talk about it as a forgotten world I could bring that to my film with a romantic touch. So I wrote a love story spread across those times. Though it is essentially a love story the core of the story is Mohenjodaro – seen through the eyes of the lovers.
I want to say that I am thrilled to be back with Hrithik after Jodha Akbar. We had worked together last four years ago. I wrote my first draft of Mohenjodaro three years ago and I thought of him as my hero. I am glad Hrithik and I are working together on this. He will single-handedly bring great value to my film and enhance it tremendously with his presence. We have activated the research on various looks Hrithik and will be finalsing something soon.
Ashutosh also rubbished rumours of the female lead that have been doing the rounds in the last few weeks
I have done that. I have read all books of archeologists who have worked at those sites and met some of them. There’s no book on Mohenjodaro that I haven’t written. I have been to the Harappan city Dholavira, in India. Dholavuira is one of the cities of the Indus Valley civilisation that still exists today.