Kannada filmmaker A.M.R. Ramesh is known for making movies based on real-life sensitive issues such as Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and the suspicious death of Sunanda Pushkar.
Ramesh is now filming the life story of DIG D. Roopa, who made headlines with her controversial report. She brought to light the alleged special treatment given to AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala at Parappana Agrahara prison, where she is currently serving a jail term.
Ramesh has taken permission from Roopa who has now been transferred to a different department Traffic and Road Safety in charge.
The new film will be partly a biopic of Roopa and will highlight the reported privileges given to Sasikala in the jail and the huge money exchanged in return.
Ramesh says, “I’m now in the process of researching the various issues involved. Roopa has earlier exposed large scale irregularities in the prison system like drug abuse by inmates, special treatment to Abdul Karim Telgi of the fake stamp paper scam but it was her exposing Sasikala, which made her an overnight sensation. I need full proof of all the happenings as they are imperative for me before I proceed with the script-writing.”
Meanwhile, Roopa is also happy to be associated with Ramesh.
“I found Ramesh a sensible director and he is renowned for his films on real-life subjects. So, when he approached me for a biopic, I didn’t have any apprehensions and gladly accepted. We had discussed my childhood, upbringing and how I got interested in the IPS post, so on.. which he said was necessary for the story,” Roopa exclaims.
Ask Ramesh on who he thinks is apt for the titular role, pat he replies, “The frontrunners would either be Anushka Shetty or Nayanthara for the role of a powerful police officer. I am also meeting other members of the community to get the details. It will take one more month to complete the final script. We will finalise the cast after that.”