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Ekta Kapoor out on poaching spree!

bollywood Updated: Feb 17, 2012 20:51 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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Emraan Hashmi may have been Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt’s find, having started his film career with the siblings, but the actor has lately been leaning more towards Ekta Kapoor’s camp, following hits like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010) and The Dirty Picture (2011). Now, another Bhatt discovery, director Mohit Suri, is set to make a film for Ekta’s production house, Balaji Motion Pictures.

Last week, Mohit and Balaji team met to discuss the prospect of working together. Ekta has been a fan of Mohit’s work since Awarapan (2007) and has been keen to collaborate with him. “Not just Ekta, Mohit too was eager to work with Balaji given the production house’s track record at the box-office. Mukeshji (Bhatt) also has a high regard for Ekta,” says a source close to Balaji.

Post last year’s superhit, Murder 2, Mohit has been flooded with offers. “He’s been weighing his options carefully. The Bhatts are, of course, family and he will continue to direct films for them, but he will also branch out to work for select banners outside Vishesh Films,” says a team member.

Reportedly, Mohit’s untitled Tips project with Abhishek Bachchan, has been put on hold after Players’ bombed at the box- office. He’s currently planning Aashiqui 2, which will be co-produced by Vishesh Films and T-Series.

According to inside sources, Balaji and Mohit have locked a subject for their new production, and work on which will start later this year. The casting process will start once the script is complete.

When contacted, Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, says: “Yes, we’re in talks with Mohit. He’s among the most accomplished young directors on the scene today. But I cannot reveal more at this stage.”

Mohit, on his part, states that he is set to work with Ekta. The young director says, “We are still working on the story. It’s too early to comment on the film and its cast. My next film, in all probability, will be Aashiqui 2. Then, we will work on the project with Balaji.”