People will choose Pinto over Hardy
Michael Winterbottom may be a big fan of Thomas Hardy but the director, who has adapted British writer's 'Tess of the D'urbervilles' into "Trishna", believes that people will turn up to watch the film for leading lady Frieda Pinto.
Winterbottom, who has directed movies like "The Claim", "The Killer Inside Me" and Angelina Jolie starrer "A Mighty Heart" in the past, has set the classic novel in contemporary India with parts being shot in rural Rajasthan and Mumbai.
With Pinto playing the lead role of Trishna, the film charts the journey of a rural girl torn between her love and life. "Rather than people going to watch a film on a ThomasHardy novel, I think more are going to be interested in watching Frieda Pinto. Hardy is only the starting point, at the end of the day a film is a film, which has to work by itself. I think Freida has given great publicity to the film, I will be glad if people come to see her," Winterbottom told PTI in an interview.
Winterbottom, who has adapted Hardy's 'Jude The Obscure' and 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' for the big screen earlier, says he set 'Tess' in India as the country reflects the changing times explored in the novel.
"The spirit of Hardy can be captured better by setting the film in India now rather than making a period film set in England. 'Tess' is about the change that has come in the rural community in terms of urbanisation, industrialisation. It is very hard to capture that in a period film.
"All the changes Hardy has talked about is happening in a more dynamic form in India. British society is more static. The life of people in India is more dynamic."PTI