Controversy queen Rakhi Sawant is about to take her love for Christianity to another level altogether. She is turning television producer with a show based on the the Bible for a channel that she calls her maika (motherâ€™s home). The serial is tentatively titled, The Holy Bible. And hold your breath. Rakhi will play Mother Mary in the show. Confirming the news, Rakhi says, â€œIâ€™ll start my own television production with The Holy Bible. I want it to be as comprehensive as shows that are based on the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Jesus Christ has changed my life and I want to spread his message.â€
While Rakhi is casting herself as Jesusâ€™s mother Mary, she already has a wish list of actors who she would want to play Jesus. â€œMother Mary has always been my idol. Ideally, I want Salman or Hrithik to play Jesus. But they wonâ€™t do it. Kunal Kapoor has the intensity to play Jesus. If I donâ€™t get any of them, Iâ€™ll cast a newcomer. I want this serial to give me the respectability and sanctity that I crave. Whatever I do in life now is in the name of Jesus. The day I embraced Jesus, I swore to never harm anyone,â€ says Rakhi.
Currently, Rakhi is busy with the research work for the forthcoming show. She plans to launch her production house along with the serial by the year end.
Rakhi admits sheâ€™s down to just exchanging pleasantries with Elesh Parujanwala, to whom she was engaged for a brief while through the reality show, Rakhi Ka Swayamvar. â€œAfter our second reality show together, Pati Patni or Woh, Elesh has gone back to Canada. Now Iâ€™m only concerned about my serial on the Bible. I want it to be as passionate as the film, The Passion of the Christ. I want the world to know that Jesus belongs to not just one community. Heâ€™s for everyone. He died on the Cross so that we could have a life. My reality show, Rakhi Ka Swayamvar boosted the channelâ€™s TRPs. My forthcoming show on the Bible will take them to the No 1 slot.â€
The channel was unavailable for comment.
Here is Rakhi in conversation as she speaks about her new production house, her new show and much more..
Are you making a show on Jesus Christ?
Yes I feel that I have been endowed with this special responsibility by the Lord himself to tell his story. The world needs to understand that evil is on the rise and good is on the wane. And we should increase our bank balance of good, as on the day of reckoning all our wealth will not count and only our deeds will matter.
It is said that you might play Mother Mary, but will it gel with your image?
I might cast somebody else in such a situation. I am proud of my item girl image and will continue to follow the same even after the show. Also, I hope to find some good actor for essaying Lord Christ. My first bet would be Salman Khan but he is busy.
Have you approached any channel?
I am in talks with NDTV Imagine, they are my Maayka and I hope they will approve. Having said that I am not really bothered, as I believe that the Lord himself will make things happen. He will find an appropriate channel and caste. I am just a mere contractor who is doing the Lord’s bidding.
Such shows often lead to controversy?
I will not attack any body. I will just attempt to portray the true message of Jesus which is love and compassion to all. And why single me out? Have not others made shows on mytho and religious figures?
You had claimed that Jesus has changed you, how?
I am now more balanced. I feel peace with myself. I do more social work and charity.
When will the show come on air?
I have just started talking to my production house. I have set up an office. My research team is in place. It will take time as I have to make sure there are no bloopers and for me this show is a subject of faith. It will take time but I am sure all will appreciate the final product.
Come clean about your equation with Elesh, is it off?
How was the experience of doing Pati Patni Aur Woh?
It was the toughest show I have ever done. I am annoyed with the concept as well. I had to cut my hair for this show. Taking care of the children was hell as they would just not stop crying. The 19 year old daughter I was given was completely western in attitude. She seems a carbon copy of Elesh, once or twice I even wanted to clip her. I better not say much. Rather you watch the show and you will understand everything including the problems between Elesh and me as well.
Will you continue to do reality shows?
Yes. But I am now tired of couple concepts, I will prefer single stuff.