'Japanese Wife' an update on Satyajit Ray's style: Rahul Bose

By Radhika Bhirani

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) Called the thinking person's actor, Rahul Bose teams up once again with filmmaker Aparna Sen for "Japanese Wife", a film which he says is a "very contemporary update on Satyajit Ray's style" of filmmaking.

" 'Japanese Wife' is a beautiful tale written very sensitively. It has been shot beautifully. It's not just a story, it is a kind of exploration of love that has a tenderness. The film is a very contemporary update on Satyajit Ray's style of filmmaking. His films followed simplicity and had an underlying message. So does 'Japanese Wife'," Bose told IANS in an interview.

The film is a tale of a village schoolteacher, who has a pen pal in a village in Japan. It has been directed by Sen with whom the actor has worked previously in "Mr. and Mrs. Iyer" and "15 Park Avenue".

Apart from this film, Bose is looking forward to the release of other ventures like "Dost Dost Na Raha", "Zaraa Jee Ke Dikha" and "Mumbai Chakachak".

The multi-faceted actor was here Thursday to speak at a panel discussion held to celebrate the success of STAR Plus' show "Aap Ki Kachehri", that offered an alternative dispute redressal forum.

An active social worker himself, Bose says this show, hosted by India's first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi, has taught people the spirit of compromise.

"People in India are very weak emotionally. They never want to compromise on anything. If two people are fighting over a piece of property, one of them will say that 'you take the entire thing, I don't want anything'. There has to be a practical approach to these situations, there has to be a compromise.

"Several people keep no hope from the judiciary, so platforms like these can give simpler ways to solve disputes and understand the spirit of compromise," he said.

"This show could not have got a better host. Kiran Bedi is a woman, she is just, fair, and she has a genuine sense of compassion and knowledge - what more does one need?"

Bose is among the few Bollywood actors who goes out of his way to work for the welfare of the underprivileged.

Currently, he is working for the upbringing and education of six children whom he had adopted from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which was hit by a tsunami in 2004.

"I challenge you to find even one picture of mine with those kids on the net or anywhere. I don't feel the need to publicise all this," he said.

Besides these kids, Bose is also actively working with 80 Muslim, Dalit and Hindu girls as part of an initiative by Mumbai-based NGO Akshara Centre and is also on the advisory board of Breakthrough - a New York-based NGO committed to gender equality and human rights.

The 41-year-old actor says a celebrity has the power to bring about social change "faster than most people".

"But only if the celebrity concerned is willing to work hard should he or she do so. One has to be prepared to put your ego behind you to facilitate a change for the common man. The feeling is just fantastic," he said.

(Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at radhika.b@ians.in)

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