didn’t set the cash counters ringing but Nikhil Dwivedi still has plenty to thank director Mani Ratnam for casting him in the movie. Not only did he win praise from the critics, his performance has caught the eye of many filmmakers too. And he has been confirmed for two big ticket movies with a few more announcements to follow.
Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, who debuted as director with the critically acclaimed
, has finalised Dwivedi for his next two productions, reportedly in association with Warner Bros India. A modern day remake of the 1980’s Rahul Rawail-directed Sunny Deol hit,
, is underway, and Dwivedi is in it too. Then, there’s Abhay Deol’s
, being directed by Navdeep Singh. “Never mind the length of the role in the final cut, I’m glad I was noticed in
,” says Dwivedi.
He isn’t keen on a post-mortem into the failure of
. He’s just happy he got a chance to work with Ratnam so early in his career. “Things have improved after the film’s release. So why should I have any complaints?” he argues.
Gung ho about his new lot of films, Dwivedi enthuses that he is looking forward to Chauhan’s films. The first is a sci-fi fantasy, a portion of which will be shot at NASA in the US. “The other, a two-hero subject, will be directed by Neelabh Kaul, the
,” he informs. “The film is about a brush with the underworld and narrated over a period of two nights.”
Both the films are expected to take off later in the year.
The remake of
is his dream project. He says, “I’m really keen on it. We’re still working on the script and I’m waiting to see how it shapes up.”