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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Aam admi returns: Anil Kapoor plans Nayak 2

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 31, 2013
First Published: 10:13 IST(31/12/2013) | Last Updated: 14:49 IST(31/12/2013)
Back in 2001, the Anil Kapoor-starrer Nayak struck a chord with the audience.

It was the story of a common man (Kapoor plays Mumbai-based journalist Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in the film) who miraculously becomes the chief minister (CM) of Maharashtra for a day.

Aam Aadmi Party leader, and now Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal’s journey to power is just as dramatic, even though more plausible than the film’s storyline. Not surprisingly, during Kejriwal’s oath ceremony at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Saturday (December 28), a number of his supporters were brandishing posters of Nayak, in which they had replaced Kapoor’s photo with that of Kejriwal.

Ask Kapoor to comment and he says, "Films aren’t called a reflection of society for nothing. Sometimes, writers catch the pulse and mood of the audience in advance. They know what people are feeling — pain, anguish — at any given point."



The actor adds that the first season of the US TV show, 24 (that aired in 2001) showed a black president and, a few years later, Barack Obama came to power. On the heels now of common man Kejriwal coming to power, Kapoor too is set to revive Nayak.

He says he will co-produce and act in Nayak Returns. "It won’t be a sequel. Work on the script has been on for the past year or so. I can’t reveal more right now, but politics will surely find a place in the script and the protagonist will be a crusader," Kapoor adds.

Will he will take inspiration from Kejriwal?
"It’s a completely different storyline. However, it will have traces of real life. It’ll go on the floors in the beginning of 2015."

Talking about Kejriwal’s rise to power, Kapoor says, "Mr Kejriwal has surely reached a certain stage and he should get credit for whatever he has achieved. He must be doing something right. You take baby steps, and others follow. He can inspire other people too."
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