Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharvani, Antonia Bernath, Sushmita Sen
Director: Subhash Ghai
Producer: Mukta Arts Ltd
Music Director: A.R. Rahman, Ismail Darbar
Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel/16X9 Anamorphic Widescreen/Ntsc All Regions
“Kisna” will be Subhash Ghai’s most creative piece of work. The film has been shot on a high budget and will continue Mukta Arts reputation as an innovative production house with a string of yesteryear hits like Karma, Ram Lakhan, Pardes and Taal. The screenplay has been a joint effort between Farrukh Dhondy, Sachin Bhowmick, Margaret Glover and Subhash Ghai. National award winners, cinematographer Ashok Mehta and art director Samir Chanda have worked on the movie. Tinu Verma has directed the action sequences and Saroj Khan who has an established rapport with Subhash Ghai does the choreography for this epic love story.
Whilst the three-hour Hindi version of Kisna will hit Bollywood, Subhash Ghai will break into the international market with an English version.
The film stars Vivek Oberoi, Isha Shravani and British actress Antonio Bernath in the lead roles along with British actors Michael Maloney, Caroline Langrishe and veteran actress Polly Adams. A talented team of Indian actors that include Hrishita Bhatt, Amrish Puri, Om Puri and Rajat Kapur supports the cast.
The film is an epic tale for the twenty-first century that looks at the pre-independence era of 1930 and the breathtaking landscapes of a Himalayan region in which the rulers and the ruled have become sworn enemies. The film recreates the turmoil of the last days of the Raj through the heroic story of a young man of humble origins, Kisna (Vivek Oberoi), and his mission to protect his childhood friend, a beautiful British girl, Katherine (Antonia Bernath). She stands accused for the sins of her father, a ruthless British collector and is now hunted after Independence is granted and the aggrieved natives set out on a path of revenge.
A journey across the many colours and cultures of North India develops as Kisna races to get Katherine to the British High Commission in New Delhi safely. Their friendship turns to love during the journey, which bring with it all sorts of complications, as Kisna’s marriage has been arranged to Laxmi (Isha Shravani).
KISNA finally plays out an epic duel between Karma (deed) and Dharma (duty). We all have to wait and watch on the big screen in January to see the path Kisna finally follows.
Ace cameraman Ashok Mehta has captured the spectacular settings and locations, from the Himalayan Mountains to the spiritual town of Haridwar with flair. The film has both veterans A.R. Rahman and Ismail Darbar composing music with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Subhash Ghai who is known for his rich sense of music seems to have drawn the best of both worlds from his music composers and will surpass all his previous musical love stories.