Anurag Kashyap and Rahul Bose tie up for a film

The maverick filmmaker will produce the actor’s new directorial based on Mohsin Hamid’s book Moth Smoke

Actor Rahul Bose, who was last seen in Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, was sitting on at least 18 drafts of a script that he really wanted to turn into film. But six years of doing the rounds of producers and financiers’ offices, Rahul was not getting anywhere. He finally approached writer-filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to produce it and got a go ahead for his film. Anurag, who is known to be the leader of indie cinema enthusiasts, is now being looked upon as someone who can help produce hatke commercial film projects to make them more viable.

But what is so special about this story that Rahul is so itching to turn into celluloid? It is an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s book Moth Smoke. Hamid, of course, is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which has a film version directed by Mira Nair. But grapevine goes that Moth Smoke – which is a story of love, friendship, jealousy, betrayal and crime, set in 1990s Pakistan – is a better book than Fundamentalist.

What is the story of Moth Smoke? Here’s what the back cover of the book says: “In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education – and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle. As jealousy sets in, Daru’s life slowly unravels. He loses his job. Starts lacing his joints with heroin. Becomes involved with a criminally-minded rickshaw driver. And falls in love with Ozi’s lonely wife. But how low can Daru sink? Is he guilty of the crime he finds himself on trial for?”

Sounds, rather reads, interesting…. But will Rahul be acting in the movie based on this story? If so, which role do you think he will or should play – Daru or Ozi? Meanwhile, Rahul confirms that he will start shooting for his dream project in mid-2013. Good to see the ‘Bose’ back in action!