Remember Saif Ali Khan’s Punjabi girlfriend in Love Aaj Kal (2009)? Although Giselli Monteiro has been lying low for a while now, the Brazilian model is set to reprise Hollywood star Jessica Alba’s part from the 2007 medical thriller, Awake, in a Hindi remake. Titled Heartless, the film, starring Adhyayan Suman, will mark Shekhar Suman’s directorial debut.
“Yes, Giselli has been signed to play the female lead. I am really looking forward to working with her. She was fantastic in Love Aaj Kal,” confirms Adhyayan, who will play Hayden Christensen’s part in the adaptation. Apparently, the filmmakers are in touch with the Weinstein Company to buy the rights of the original film to avoid any copyright issue later on.
Page 3 writer Nina Arora has been roped in to work on the script and screenplay while Niranjan Iyengar has written the dialogues.
“Work on it was supposed to start last year, but the film got stalled. We’re now waiting for Nina’s new draft of the script. Once it’s finalised, dad will take the final call on when to start shooting. Plus, he is now busy with his TV show, Movers & Shakers,” says Adhyayan, who has just wrapped Milind Ukey’s next film, Dehradun Diaries.
In the meantime, the Sumans have worked on four to five songs for Heartless with new music director Gaurav Dagaonkar, who has also composed music for the Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha starrer Joker. “I think we should be able to start the film around May. It’s an exciting venture for me. I don’t think anyone in Bollywood has tried their hands at a medical thriller till date,” says the Raaz – The Mystery Continues actor.
Ask Adhyayan if Heartless is a scene-by-scene remake of Awake, and he retorts, “No, it’s not a remake. We’d prefer to call it an adaptation. These days, you won’t find many people doing scene-by-scene remakes. So we have weaved a lot of changes into the original script. But yes, the basic storyline remains the same.”
A psychological thriller, Awake tells the story of a man undergoing heart surgery while experiencing a phenomenon called ‘anaesthetic awareness’, which leaves him conscious but paralysed throughout the operation. The film was not screened in advance for critics. Hayden Christensen plays a capital investment firm chief, while Jessica Alba is his girlfriend. The film opened at fifth position at the US box office in its opening weekend. Directed by Joby Harold, the film also stars Terrence Howard.