Now that his biopic on Sonia Gandhi is shelved, Jagmohan Mundhra is shooting his next film Shoot On Sight, which casts Naseeruddin Shah in the lead role.
Mundhra says: "Like Bawandar and Provoked, Shoot On Sight is based on the life of a brave true character. It is the story of an Asian Muslim cop in London, who after decades of service to Britain, finds his allegiance being questioned."
Mundhra was keen to have Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. After talks with the star failed, he has zeroed in on the versatile Naseeruddin Shah to play the role.
He says: "When I approached Naseer, I didn't hide that Ben Kingsley and Amitabh Bachchan had been approached for the role. Naseer was all for the film.
<b1>"In fact, we'd have started shooting were it not for his son's accident. Now Naseer joins me in London for a start-to-finish schedule at the end of March."
British actress Greta Scachi is playing the role of Naseer's wife.
Mundhra is very hopeful about the film's success. "This could be Naseer's breakthrough into the international arena. Not that he's pining for it. But Naseer did A League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen which was disastrous.
"I'd be delighted to see him get recognition in the West that he deserves. Shoot On Sight is a very powerful story and Naseer's sense of identification with the character would see the plot go to a new height."