Kisna: The Warrior Poet
|Kisna: The Warrior Poet|
|Directed by||Subhash Ghai|
|Produced by||Subhash Ghai|
|Written by||Sachin Bhowmick
|Music by||A. R. Rahman
|Distributed by||Mukta Arts Ltd|
|Release date(s)|| 21 January 2005
21 January 2005
|Running time||170 minutes|
Kisna is a Bollywood film that was released in 2005, starring Vivek Oberoi (who plays the title role), Isha Sharvani, and Antonia Bernath. The musical film is set in the India of the tumultuous 1940's when nationalists fighting for the country's independence rose up as one, urging the British to leave. It is a love story about two people who are torn between Karma (the noble deed) and Dharma (the duty). The film has two veteran composers, A. R. Rahman and Ismail Darbar; the lyrics were written by Javed Akhtar.
Kisna befriends a British girl named Katherine (Bernath), and then shields her from an enraged mob of nationalists including Kisna's own uncle and brother. Katherine is the young daughter of a ruthless British collector. Kisna takes it upon himself to escort Katherine to the safety of the British High Commission in New Delhi, who will arrange for her to board a ship home. A tender attraction develops between Kisna and Katherine during the journey. Luxmi (Shravani), Kisna's Indian fiancée, forms the third point in an emotional triangle involving the Indo-British romantic pair.
- Vivek Oberoi ... Kisna Singh
- Isha Sharvani ... Lakshmi
- Antonia Bernath ... Catherine
- Polly Adams ... Lady Katherine
- Amrish Puri ... Bhairo Singh
- Om Puri ... Juman Masum Kishti
- Yashpal Sharma ... Shankar Singh
Shot on sync sound under the direction of Dilip Subramaniam at Ranikhet, the project has impressed its international actors with the standard of content and technique Indian filmmakers are achieving. The film was shot on a budget of Rs.250 million ($5.48 million). Award-winning cinematographer Ashok Mehta, action director Tinu Verma, choreographer Saroj Khan, and production designer/art director Samir Chanda round out the crew.
Kisna: The Warrior Poet will also go to the international market with its two-hour English version while the Hindi version will be a regular three-hour feature film with songs and dances.
- The film was Amrish Puri's last released film before his death on 12 January 2005.