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Big B has no time for Shirish Kunder's next

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 21, 2012
First Published: 19:28 IST(21/6/2012) | Last Updated: 12:28 IST(22/6/2012)
Director Shirish Kunder was on cloud nine about having Amitabh Bachchan play the lead role in one of his upcoming projects, Common Man. However, as Amitabh doesn’t seem keen to start work on any long-term project at the moment, it seems, Shirish’s “dream project” is up in the air.

A disappointed Shirish tells us, “I don’t know when Common Man will happen. He (Amitabh) is not doing any major films right now. It may be because of his health.” The senior Bachchan had signed the film in December, agreeing to play the title role.

Shirish is presently busy wrapping up his ambitious project, Joker, starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. The director had planned to start Common Man right after, before moving on to yet another film by the end of the year — Kick, with Salman Khan in the lead.

Shirish adds, “I had started working on the film, but now I have kept the whole thing aside. It’s not just a song or a cameo for which I would need him for four to five days. It’s a full-fledged film.” It seems he had even started casting for the film, but has put that on hold as well for now.

Now that this has thrown Shirish’s schedule out of gear, what is he doing with his free time? He says he is busy writing a suspense thriller, which will be “futuristic”, on the lines of Joker. “When I start writing a script, it’s always ahead of its time. The good thing is, I take two to three years to finish a film. Had I made Joker six years ago, no one would have understood it,” says Shirish.
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