There’s a lot more to the renowned late painter MF Hussain than just his paintings. Did you know that he loved filmy gossip and wouldn’t mind making regular calls to his friends to catch up on it? Well, the world may know him as a controversial artist/filmmaker who stirred quite the hornet’s nest during his stay in India so much so that he had to take an exile but the man was also a friend people could count on! And now Reena Roy’s sister Barkha Roy is soon to release her film on Hussain’s journey of life.
“I had met Hussain Sahab around ten years ago at Samta Bank in Bandra and instantly had become friends with him. He had also seen the film I produced, Sanam Teri Kasam, and had also expressed his wish to work with me someday which I had agreed upon as well. Unfortunately, that couldn’t happen but I wanted to honour my commitment and there couldn’t be a better way to do that than film his life journey for his millions of fans,” says Roy while talking about her film My Friend Hussain.
But make no mistakes, this isn’t a mundane biopic on MF Hussain, Barkha declares that the film is a proper commercial fare targeting at everyone. “My Friend Hussain is an out and out 1hour 10 minutes of commercial film. It’s Hussain’s journey with friends. And all big artists like Raza, Kishan Khanna, Ram Kumar have all spoken about the great painter. The film will be released in September around the time of Hussain Sahab’s birthday. It’s my tribute to the great painter and I want the world to see his personal side,” says Barkha Roy.
Recalling her fond memories of Hussain, Barkha reveals an interesting incident that showed Hussain’s big-heartedness, “It was this one time when he invited me for lunch and despite giving me time, he reached around four hours late. He furiously apologized when he realized it didn’t go down well with me and the gentleman that he was he made sure he made up for his mistake by gifting me my portrait that he had painted.”
Well, we are sure the fans of MF Hussain will eagerly await the release of this movie!