Earlier this year, Ranveer Singh made headlines with the announcement of him starring in the Hindi remake of the 2009 Telugu hit, Magadheera. But a few months later, the film seems to have run into rough weather. According to the Band Baaja Baraat (2010) actor, the film “is not happening now” (with him).
“To start with, Lootera is coming up (for release). And now, I have started shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela that will be followed by Gunday. As for the Magadheera remake, it’s not happening now. I can only talk about films that I am working on,” says the actor, who is currently working with Deepika Padukone on Ram Leela.
Although the real reason behind Ranveer not doing Magadheera isn’t clear, the makers claim the film itself is very much on. The historical-drama-love story is supposed to be produced by Phantom (a company helmed by Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena and Vikramaditya Motwane).
“We are busy with four films (Lootera, Ugly, Queen and another film). So the Magadheera remake — which is very much on — will be taken up later,” says Mantena. And will Ranveer star in the film? “Please wait for the announcement, which should be made within the next 15 days,” he says. Interestingly, Ranbir Kapoor’s name had also done the rounds for the same role, initially.
Magadheera has been dubbed and released in Malayalam as Dheera — The Warrior and in Tamil as Maveeran. The lead actress and the director, besides the male lead, are yet to be finalised. The Hindi version is reportedly being made with a budget of Rs 50 crore.
Ranveer, on his part, is busy with Ram Leela, following which he will start Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gunday, which is set in yesteryear Kolkata. The film will see him teaming up with Arjun Kapoor. The leading lady for the Yash Raj Films production is yet to be finalised.