Paris-based Indian filmmaker Vijay Singh is in talks with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his next project, an 18th century historical love story between an Awadh king and a British girl.
Singh, who has shot critically acclaimed feature films like
One Dollar Curry
in the past feels that Shah Rukh, who has previously played emperor Ashoka, will be perfect as Nawab Naseeruddin Haidar in his third film,
The Opium Symphony
, based on his book
Whirlpool of Shadows.
"I had met Shah Rukh regarding the movie and he had liked the idea. I am planning to approach him again for the role of the Nawab. He ruled Awadh from 1826-36 and fell in love with a British girl but their love did not suit the interest of opium traders at that time," Singh said in an interview.
"I have had a long association with Shah Rukh and wanted to cast him in
but he was very busy at that time and things did not fall into place," he added.
In the city for the screening of his latest documentary India by Song, the writer is also looking for a face to star opposite SRK.
"I have good vibes with Shah Rukh and I need a descent actor so he is the perfect choice. Earlier I was planning to take a Hollywood starlet opposite him for the role of the British girl but I might talk to Katrina Kaif. I have been told she is British and is a fine actress," Singh said.
"The film will be very expensive, to be made on a budget of 60-70 crores. My screenplay is adapted from one part of the story but I might make it a bit more contemporary," he added.
India by Song, his latest film goes into the country's history through Bollywood and reflects the sheer impact of films on Indian society.
Woven around a long journey across the country, Singh chronicles Indian history from the time of independence to present with real persons representing the different era's that the nation has passed through, with Bollywood songs in the backdrop.
Encompassing diverse lifestyles and coming from all backgrounds, he has interviewed the likes of NR Narayan Murthy-Chairman of Infosys, historian-Romila Thapar, cricketer-Bishen Singh Bedi, Uday Shankar-CEO of Star TV, Mahasha Dharmapal of MDH spices group to choreographer Saroj Khan and Anjali, a domestic maid in Mumbai.