Ever since Pooja Bhatt's Cabaret was announced, the grapevine was rife with the fact that the film is based on the life of actress Helen, but the film's director Kaustav Narayan Niyogi has dismissed these reports.
"It's not true. It is the story of a girl from Jharkhand, who runs away from her village, reaches Mumbai, goes to Dubai and then returns to Mumbai again as a 'diva.' It has no connection with Helen at all," Kaustav told PTI.
Cabaret marks Kaustav's debut as a director. The film is produced by filmmaker-actress Pooja Bhatt. Kaustav said that he wrote the movie in two weeks after Pooja suggested him the title.
"Pooja was coaxing me to make a film for a long time and I decided to take the plunge. One day, she just gave me the title Cabaret. I wrote a story around it in two weeks and we were ready," added Kaustav.
Cabaret stars Richa Chadha in the lead role. Kaustav said that Richa is an accomplished actress and he was sure that she would do justice to the role.
"Richa is an accomplished actress. It is a very difficult role. It has highs and lows and is very challenging. She worked hard for it and I never had any doubts about her. She is excellent," said Kaustav.
The film also stars Gulshan Devaiah. In Cabaret, Gulshan's character is inspired by the director himself.
"I used to be a heavy drinker and I had reached a dead end because of this habit. I was in utter despair. So the character of Gulshan is inspired from my own life. I have seen the highs and lows too," he added. (Also Read: Richa Chadha's Cabaret Jitters: Hope People Like My Brand New Side)
Cabaret, which is scheduled to release on May 6, also stars cricketer Sreesanth and Kaustav said that he is the 'surprise package' of the film.
"Sreesanth is terrific. For a non-actor like him, he has great screen presence. He was initially apprehensive but he did a wonderful job. He is the surprise package of the film," added Kaustav.