After wrapping his latest biopic, Paan Singh Tomar, that sees an athlete-turned-dacoit wreak havoc in the Chambal Valley, filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is set to revisit the location. His upcoming production, Valmiki Ki Bandook, which marks Karan Bhutani’s directorial debut, is also set against the backdrop of Chambal.
Karan, who was Tigmanshu’s assistant director in Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster (2011), confirms that his latest is a satire on the gun culture in Madhya Pradesh. “It’s a satire, but it’s very real. It’s a black comedy but it’s true to the land (Chambal),” insists Butani.
The makers have signed actor Jimmy Shergill as the lead. “Jimmy will play the protagonist, Radhesham Valmiki,” says Karan adding, “His look will very different— gritty and true to life at the Chambal valley.” However, the hunt for the female lead is on. “The female lead is important since she drives the film in totality. I am taking my time for the casting and don’t want to sign anyone in haste,” says Karan, who plans to start shooting in October.