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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

Bollywood directors going regional

Prashant Singh , Hindustan Times  Prashant Singh, July 30, 2013
First Published: 14:06 IST(30/7/2013) | Last Updated: 17:53 IST(1/8/2013)

With several Bollywood movies to his credit, Anurag Kashyap is venturing into new territory — he is now set to produce a Marathi film. Along with his partner Guneet Monga, the filmmaker has joined hands with Nitesh Rane (son of politician Narayan Rane) and his production house for a Marathi film called Vakratunda Mahakaya, the premise for which is an attempted terrorist attack in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi. It is being directed by Punarvasu Nayak.

“The film was already half-made. At the production stage, they wanted someone to come in. When I understood the script and watched the preview, I found the subject interesting. It has turned out to be a great movie,” says Nitesh. The young producer believes that with Anurag’s name now attached to it, the project will have more credibility. “I felt it was the right film for my company. And the involvement of someone like Anurag increases people’s trust in the project automatically,” says Nitesh.

He adds that the film is scheduled to release after Ganesh Chaturthi this year. It has also been selected to be screened at this year’s Melbourne Film Festival.

Filmmaker Karan Johar to remake a Tamil action movie in Hindi; this will be his first such project

Karan Johar is set for his first tryst with  south Indian masala films. The filmmaker will co-produce the remake of the 2012 Tamil action film, Vettai. The original, which starred Arya, R Madhavan and Sameera Reddy, was a runaway hit.

“I was very impressed with Vettai when I watched it, but I didn’t know UTV was involved in it. I’ve now partnered with them for the Hindi remake. We will soon announce the name of a young actor, who will fill the slot of a true-blue action star,” says Karan.

Details like the cast and director will be finalised within a week of the filmmaker-actor’s return to the city. “The film will have a lot of heroism, humour and great scope for music. It’s going to be a commercial potboiler and one of the few films with a pan-India appeal,” says Karan, adding, “We are in discussions with a couple of directors and actors. Things should be finalised sooner rather than later.”

Interestingly, the Vettai remake has been in the news for over a year now. Initially, Shahid Kapoor was supposed to star in it. Later, names like John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan did the rounds. At one point, Abhishek reportedly walked out of the project even as director duo Abbas-Mustan’s name was attached to it. “I don’t know about the history of the film, but now, I am part of it,” says Karan.

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