Javed Akhtar's Next Film Script Based On Farmers' Suicide

19/03/2016 9:07 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Indian poet, lyricist and scriptwriter, Javed Akhtar performs at the Indian legendary Hindi and Marathi film music director and composer, the late N. Dutta Naiks musical gurney show in Mumbai on June 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- His last outing as a scriptwriter was "Lakshya" in 2004 but the noted lyricist Javed Akhtar is making a comeback with a story revolving around the farmer's suicide.

The 71-year-old "Sholay" writer said the screenplay is set in a urban setup and how a metropolitan man reacts to it.

"After a fairly long gap, I have come back to script writing. I am writing a script about farmer's problems. You get vegetable and fruits at a certain price but they get another price when they are selling it.

"There is a huge gap between the two and that becomes one of the reasons behind suicides. I have taken this premise from an urban point of view and how a modern person gradually understands the person," Javed said on the sidelines of India Today Conclave 2016.

The writer said he chose the urban set up because he feels that's how their problems will be addressed.

"The average audience is urban and when you look at the problem from the urban eyes, perhaps, they will be able to understand it better and will be able to connect with it."

The former Rajya Sabha MP said he is also delving into the Indian hockey team in his another script.

"Another script which I am writing is an interesting topic. It's about Indian hockey team that was divided in 1947 and how within one year we created another team and went on ultimately to win the gold."

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