Mahashweta Devi’s life was Irrfan Khan’s subject for a film

The actor wanted to make one on her…

90-year old Magsaysay awardee Mahasweta Devi breathed her last yesterday in Kolkata. She was admitted to a hospital on June 22 due to septicemia and urinary infection. She passed away at 3 pm on Thursday. For those who aren’t aware of the genius of Devi, let us tell you that Rudaali and Hazar Chaurasia ki Maa were both based on her books. Mahesh Bhatt and Prosenjit Chatterjee have condoled her demise on Twitter by saying

It’s a black day for us.the greatest writer Mahashweta Debi expired today around 3.15pm.we have grown up reading her books.r est in peace

— Prosenjit Chatterjee (@prosenjitbumba) July 28, 2016

The woman who walked with the broken and refused to sit with the ‘great’! Writer Mahasweta Devi passes away in Kolkata. What a life !!!!

— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) July 28, 2016

and now Irrfan Khan revealed something about her we didn’t know about.

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan says he wanted to make a movie on the life of eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi. Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith awardee, Devi’s writings focused on the marginalized communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed. She died yesterday following multi-organ failure at the age of 90. The ‘Piku’ star, who is disheartened over the death of the author, hopes that the country achieves the kind of atmosphere she aspired for. “She was a very important writer, she has written amazing literature. I respect her a lot. I wanted to do a film on her life,” the 49-year-old actor told reporters.

“Wherever she is, may her soul rest in peace. I hope what she aspired, that atmosphere is created in the country,” he added. Devi had helped tribal and the rural dispossessed in organizing themselves in groups so that they could take up development activities in their own areas. She founded several grassroot level societies for the welfare of tribal.