Actors Saif Ali Khan and Ajay Devgn are in the same boat. According to reports, Saif’s film — set to be directed by Sujoy Ghosh — is an adaptation of the Japanese novel, The Devotion Of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino.
On the other hand, Ajay’s next, which is a remake of a Malayalam film, Drishyam (2013), is also loosely inspired by the same novel. However, the studio behind Ajay’s film is maintaining that there is no similarity between the two.
"Our film has nothing to do with the novel. We have acquired the rights for the Hindi remake of Drishyam, which was originally made in Malayalam, and later in Telugu and Tamil. Rest everything is speculation," says Ajit Adhare, the chief operating officer of the studio.
Saif’s film is set to start mid next year, confirms the spokesperson of the production house making the film, saying "We’ve been slow in our pre-production stage. Saif will first shoot for director Reema Kagti’s film early next year. Then this will start."
Meanwhile, Ajay’s film has picked up pace. An insider from the studio reveals, "The film is on schedule and advanced discussions on casting and production are on. Exact schedules are been drawn, and we are targeting a 2015 release."
Sujoy, Saif and Ajay remained unavailable for comments.