The myth of rebirth is a pan India phenomenon. Years before I heard about the film Marichitrathazu, in which the Shobhana , the leading lady of the legend of Travancore sisters got acclaim for her performance. Then I just read through the print media that it is based on some dancing lady that’s all. In some of TV news also I heard these things. Later I got to see and know about a film called Chandramukhi, where the super star Rajni sir was also there. As the film was in tamil and as I could make out that in the story some lady is there who still lives in a portion of house. Where nobody goes, however one lady goes there and everybody finds that the soul has taken over that lady. Some scenes of snakes were also there. Then in one film named as bhool bhoolayia, I saw a dance sequence on the song by Shreya Ghosal, Amije tomar or mere dholna sun. where the Vidya Balan appeared. By the way the male dancer was the same person who appeared in the film chandramukhi.
The story line was very similar, that means the same story was made film in three regions. Each localizing as per the regions. But each has Bharatnatyam as the base. There was not much kathak in mere dholna- or amije. Rather it was a bollywood mix or Remix of everything, steps and dress of bharatnatyam some “bol” of TARANA, song in Hindi. But then it is a film, nobody call question them. But over all the song and music was very powerful. These concepts of rebirth etc are very well Commercially exploited. And the most famous rationalist (Mr Samuel, I think) never speak against it. He only speaks against the jyotish. Next time TV channel should call Jyotishi from Keral, vidyabalan, maker of film marichithrathazu, mohan lal the super start and him so that both from same state they can communicate in their language well and we can listen to them what they, hailing from same state have to offer for us. In old movies also I have seen few songs where the Waheeda ji and hema ji had performed some similar situation songs
Someone should make film on the life of Rai Praveen, panna dhai, Asgari bai, Allah jilai bai or let us dramatize the story of Gauhar jaan, or Begum Akhtar since now few biographical works are available in print and visual forms. There was a well known name of “Chappan Churi” of Allahabad or benaras.