Baabul might not have worked at the box-office, but its lead pair, Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, are a big hit in the Bhojpuri film Ganga. In a sequel that’s being planned, it seems Bachchan has agreed to do a pivotal role again.
“I can’t think of making a sequel without Amitji. The entire credit for the film’s success goes to him. Not that others didn’t matter, but without Amitji, it wouldn’t have been such a big hit,” says film’s producer and distributor Deepak Sawant, who has been the Big B’s make-up man for ages now.
Bachchan learnt about Sawant’s plans a couple of days ago from Ajay Devgan, on the sets of Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay. “Amitji told me now that Ganga is a hit, he’ll do anything from making a sequel to even another film,” Sawant enthuses.
Plans are on to rope in Abhishek Bachchan. “If there’s an interesting character, I’ll offer it to Abhishekji.” Released during Diwali this year, Ganga apparently grossed about Rs 9 crore at the box office nationwide.
Enthused by the response, Sawant started working on a sequel. “A Bhojpuri film has, for the first time, done such a good business, that too at multiplexes. Also, its tickets are being sold in black.”
Ganga is the most expensive Bhojpuri film—Rs 1.40 crore was spent on making it. Besides, we also shot a brief for a few days in London.” Sawant says, “Ganga ends with Amitji’s character being arrested for committing a murder. In the sequel, we plan to carry the story forward.” Work on the script has already begun.
“We might call the sequel Bajrangi, after Manoj Tiwari’s character, who plays the son of Amitji’s help in the film.” When asked about the other cast, Sawant says, “It depends on how the script shapes up. Hemaji’s character dies in Ganga, but we might feature her in the flashback scenes.”