Uday Chopra backs out of Hollywood production

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2014 18:39 IST

In 2012, an announcement that the Abhishek Bachchan-Rani Mukerji-starrer Bunty Aur Babli (2005) would have an English remake produced by

Uday Chopra

, made headlines.

Michael Cera and Taylor Swift were touted to star in the film. However, we’ve learnt that budget constraints have prevented the project from taking off.


Taylor Swift in English version of Bunty Aur Babli?

"I thought it would be a cool film to make in the US, but there, the idea of making a rom-com is a very expensive proposition. Such films are the studios’ domain. If I tried to make it, I wouldn’t be able to sell it unless it was in a quirky space — like Juno (2007) for example," admits producer Uday Chopra, who has extended his family banner to make films in the US.

Uday admits that making an out-and-out rom-com is something I can’t presently do on my own, because it takes a bigger budget.

He adds, "I can co-produce it with a studio, but no one knows me in the US. They will wonder, ‘Who is this upstart from India who is coming and giving me a script? Why would I make it?’"

However, Uday has the English script, set in the US and with local characters. "Maybe I can make it when I have more money, or when my company becomes bigger," he says.

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