Konkona perfect for 'Traffic Signal': Bhandarkar

By Manissha Despaande, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, (IANS) Madhur Bhandarkar describes award-winning actress Konkona SenSharma, who plays a sex worker in his film "Traffic Signal", as an "ideal choice" for the role.

"I felt she would be the ideal choice for the character though she hasn't ever played such a role on screen so far. Her approach to acting and her attitude led me to cast her for the role," said Bhandarkar.

He is currently shooting for the film at breakneck speed in Nitin Desai's ND Studio on the outskirts of Mumbai, reports Bollywood Trade.

According to Bhandarkar, the producers - Sahara One - are planning to take the film to the international festival circuit before releasing it in India.

The film, also starring Kunal Khemu and Ranvir Sheorey, tracks down life at Mumbai's traffic signals.

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Metro release for Bhatt's 'Ankahee'

The distributors of Vikram Bhatt's "Ankahee" plan a phased release for the film with limited prints in metros before they take it into the interiors as it is a "multiplex film", reports Bollywood Trade.

The film, reportedly an autobiographical account of the Sushmita Sen chapter in Bhatt's life, is produced by PNC and will be released at multiplexes in all major metros first.

Distributor Ravi Machhar, who is releasing the film with merely three prints in the Nizam territory, said the film is essentially a multiplex film meant for the classes.

"It is an emotionally intense film that the intelligentsia will connect to. That's why we will release it with a handful of prints to start with and increase the number of prints as the demand grows," he said.

Director Bhatt admitted to "feeling broken inside" when he saw the film. He had earlier denied the film had anything to do with Sen though he maintained that it was about a man who feels trapped between two women.