Eighteen years since the cult comedy, Andaz Apna Apna (1994), starring Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, Prem and Amar’s crazy antics are all set to return to the big screen, this time as a 3D animated film. And if everything goes as planned, Salman will be lending his voice for the character of Prem in Andaz Naya Naya.
Producer Siddhartha Jain, CEO of iRock Productions, has already met Salman. He says, “First, let me clarify that my film is a sequel and not a remake of Andaz Apna Apna. We are halfway through the film and it should be completed by December.”
How did Salman react towards it? “We showed him the trailer and he loved it. Although he is impressed with the first look, he will take a final call (about doing the voice-over) once we have finished work on the movie. It’s not confirmed yet. I will approach Aamir too, but only after the film is complete,” Jain says.
The animated film is apparently being made with a budget of Rs. 15 crore. And it’s likely to release in the first quarter of 2013. Raveena Tandon and Shakti Kapoor are already believed to be on-board for voice-overs for the characters based on them from Raj Kumar Santoshi’s original film.
Jain is also working on India’s “first-ever vampire film” Bloody Veer (this one’s not animated). “The film won’t be about blood and gore. It will be a cool film, in a Wake Up Sid-meets-Twilight (2008) kind of way,” says Jain.
Currently at the Cannes film festival, Jain informs us that the German media was very excited to know about a potential vampire film in Bollywood. “They love Twilight. So, they want to know what Bollywood can do with the genre,” he says.
Wasn’t Ranbir Kapoor in talks for the film? “We are in talks with a number of actors, but no one is finalised yet. We are keen to work with a big actor, but I am not ready to wait for another year due to a big star’s unavailability. I am open to casting a new actor in the role because the film needs to start now,” says Jain.