Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s cult film Arth, released in 1982, was a story of an advertising filmmaker’s affair with a model and the effect this extra-marital liaison has on his wife. The movie was about Pooja (Shabana Azmi). Her husband Inder (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) falls in love with another woman, Kavita (Smita Patil), and starts hates her. Pooja struggles to break free of her marriage while clinging on her dignity. She is helped by Raj (Raj Kiran) to surpass the difficulties of a life as a single person, to find a job and to rely morally on herself. The movie was a class in itself when it comes to marriage and divorce, and love and heartbreak.
Now Arth has become the first Hindi film to be officially reproduced in the neighbouring country.
Titled Arth 2,’ the Pakistani remake will star Shaan Shahid (played by Raj Kiran in the original), Humaima Malick ( Smita Patil), Uzma Hassan (Shabana Azmi) and Mohib Mirza (Kulbhushan Kharbanda). The remake is set in Lahore and is contemporary retelling of the original story.
After The actor-director-writer Shaan Shahid met Mahesh Bhatt in 2015, the idea materialised into a film. According to Shann, Arth is the first film with the DNA of an Indian story to be set in Pakistan. He believes that Arth’s model is a great way of collaboration between the two countries.
“It would have been very easy for me to name the film something else, but I didn’t and opted for the original because I wanted the Indian audiences to know that there are people out there who want to get connected to them through films. I think this is a bridge we need to develop as humans, without any political powers being involved in it.”
A report in Mumbai Mirror mentioned that Mahesh Bhatt has not charged anything for the story and screenplay rights.
Bhatt is all praise for the remake of his movie and the movie’s latest song, Murshed Ji, sung by the maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has also been appreciated by everyone.
Lauding Rahat and the composer of the song, Sahir Ali Bagga, the Murder director took to Twitter:
SENSATIONAL! Rahat Bhai and Bagga come together and set the screen ablaze. Shaan staggers u with his animal vitality! https://t.co/orwlZoxrTH via @youtube @mshaanshahid @sahiralibagga @RFAKWorld @HumaimaMalick @hammad_c
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) December 14, 2017
While we anxiously wait for Pakistani rendition of Arth, the movie has also generated curiosity across the border as well.