Bilal Amrohi, the grandson of famed filmmaker Kamal Amrohi, is working on a fictional series that brings the love story between Kamal Amrohi and his muse – Meena Kumari, to life during the sixteen-year journey of making ‘Pakeezah’.
Speaking about the series, Bilal Amrohi said: “It will be a challenge to do justice to my grandfather’s vision. I’ve heard stories of his tireless perfectionism and how he even drew the set design down to the last detail, making sure the costumes of the stars and each of the supporting actors were perfect, importing chandeliers from Belgium and spending lakhs on the beautiful carpets. †
Bilal Amrohi further spoke of the film’s colossal budget at the time: “The film cost almost one and a half million rupees when it was made, but more than the money, 16 years of my grandfather’s life was invested in it too.”
The series Bilal Amrohi talked about will be produced under the banner of Yoodlee Films, the studio production arm of Saregama.
Vikram Mehra, MD of Saregama, India, added: “The story of making ‘Pakeezah’ is one of guts, daring and grandeur. For us at Yoodlee, collaborating on a series that portrays the trials and tribulations to make ‘Pakeezah’ was a project with all the right connections. That we are embarking on something so challenging shows how serious we are about creating uncluttered content and leaving our mark on the web content space.”
“This also gives us the opportunity to use Saregama’s rich music catalog symbiotically in this series and make it relevant to today’s audience. This is a treasure trove of a story, and we are excited and humbled to have the opportunity to present this to the world,” concluded Vikram.
Yoodlee Films will soon be announcing the director and cast, and the series about Bilal Amrohi’s grandparents will air in 2023.
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