Back in 2007, they teamed up for Johnny Mastana (also known as Shoebite). The film, though it’s complete, is yet to hit the screens. But that hasn’t stopped Amitabh Bachchan and director Shoojit Sircar from taking their association forward. The latest bit of news is that Shoojit is in talks with the Big B about a future film or two.
“Yes, Mr Bachchan and I are in talks. Whenever the scripts are ready, we will take them forward. It’s unfortunate that Shoebite didn’t see the light of the day but we — as director and actor — enjoy working with each other. So I hope the scripts work out with him,” says Shoojit, whose next film, Vicky Donor opens this month.
While the director remains tightlipped about the details, one of the scripts he hopes to do with Bachchan apparently portrays the unconditional love of a couple who have devoted their entire lives to one another. And he’s still hopeful about Shoebite too.
“Whenever it releases, I will be happy since its shelf life is long. It will remain fresh,” he says. If things go well, he is likely to start the film with Bachchan by the end of the year after wrapping up his next, the political-thriller Jaffna that stars John Abraham.
“I am quite thrilled about Jaffna and we should start shooting soon. It will include all the problems being faced by India and Sri Lanka on a political level,” says ShoojitA certain part of the film will be shot in Sri Lanka too.
The Yahaan (2005) director has also backed a Bengali and a Tamil film under his banner, Rising Sun Entertainment. But for Vicky Donor, he has teamed up with Abraham, who launches his production house, JA Entertainment, with the co-production.
“I am really glad about the association (with John) because a film like Vicky Donor needs a platform. It requires a star to take
the film a step forward in a big way. I haven’t done anything after Yahaan, while Shoebite didn’t release. So, I thought, why not partner with John and let him take it forward,” he says.