It’s been exactly two years since three biopics on legendary singer-actor Kishore Kumar were declared in the media. But even as his family marks his 81st birth anniversary today, there is a big question mark on the films announced by UTV, Sudhir Mishra and Nagesh Kukunoor.
Kumar’s son, singer Amit Kumar confirms that the UTV biopic is “definitely happening” but he isn’t sure about the others. “Shoojit Sarcar was supposed to make the movie earlier, but now Anurag Basu is making it,” says Kumar. “I had heard that a lot of other people were supposed to be in line too, but none of them have approached me so far.”
Kumar also confirms that actor Ranbir Kapoor is slated to play his late father on the silver screen in the UTV movie, whose
research is currently under way. “Making a biopic is not easy,” Kumar states. “Anuragji met me last week and I have given him some material on my father to go through. But the script still has to be written. It will take at least eight to nine months of research.”
Vikas Bahl, chief creative officer, UTV Motion Pictures also confirms the project: “The film will take 12 to 16 months to go on the floors. We are first finishing
with Anurag, and will start on the biopic only after that.
“Although we have been researching the movie for two years now, every day we discover a new facet of Kishore’s life,” says Bahl, adding that the film will give a holistic picture of Kumar’s life, talent and relationships, but will focus on the years “that made him the legend that he is today.”
The other two movies announced have either been put on hold or shelved, since both directors have moved on to other projects since. Although neither of the filmmakers responded to our phone calls, Shreyas Talpade, who was to play Kishore in Kukunoor’s film says he hasn’t heard from the director on the film for months now.
“Two years ago, Nagesh had told me that he wanted to cast me in the role, and we had even done a look test. I’m a big Kishore fan and this is a dream role for me, so I was very excited and had already started my homework. But I don’t know what happened after that,” says Talpade.
The actor adds that around six months ago, there was talk that Kukunoor was reviving the movie, but nothing materialised. “Since the other Kishore project is already under way, Nagesh is not the guy who will spend time competing with it.”