Santoshi back to his roots with ‘Saamna’

Mumbai: Years after ‘Damini’, director Raj Kumar Santoshi is planning another soul-searching social film called ‘Samna’ with Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai and Nana Patekar. With contemporary politics as the backdrop, the film deals with how people are exploited in the name of caste and religion. “‘Saamna’ is a subject very close to my heart. Like my other film ‘Damini’, this one addresses the lack of moral courage in contemporary society,” Santoshi

told HNS, describing the film as a “hard-hitting, intense, soul-searching exercise with a social conscience”. “Unlike ‘Damini’, where the female protagonist took the lead, all the four main characters are critical to ‘Saamna’,” revealed the director, who can boast of path-breaking films like ‘Ghayal’, ‘Damini’, ‘Ghatak’ and ‘Lajja’. “I’ve worked with Ash, Ajay and Akshay before. But I’m working with Nana for the first time. I’m truly looking forward to working with him.” — HNS