By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Do you want a role in a Pooja Bhatt production?
A conscientious producer whose films in the past have touched issues as far-reaching as female foeticide and property empowerment, Pooja Bhatt auctions roles through a public bidding for two of her forthcoming productions on today – May 23.
The proceeds would be used to use for endeavours to curb violence against women.
Pooja’s role-auction to be held on May 23, has been organized by the Scottish Circle, a charitable organization in Scotland set up by rock legend Annie Lennox .
Pooja says this is her homage to her Scottish heritage, her mom being partly Scottish .
Says Pooja, “Films must contribute to society as much as profit from it. Besides I feel strongly about domestic abuse and violence against women. My first film Tamanna which was made at a modest budget of Rs 1.20 crore had helped raise close to Rs 80 lakh in charity prior to its release. If any and every film can genuinely contribute back then I consider my existence to be more valid.”
The winner of the auction bid has the chance to be cast in one of Pooja’s productions, either Prawaal Raman’s Charles Sobhraj bio-pic titled Bad or Kaustav Narayan Niyogi’s Cabaret.
Quips Pooja, “So who thought Bad would do so much good even before it started production? Ditto Cabaret.”