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Emraan's Love In The Afternoon

india Updated: Sep 16, 2009 16:46 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Several Hindi movie have been inspired by Hollywood hits. But it’s not every day that one hears of one being sold to the very studio that produced the English movie o decades ago. But recently Mohit Suri tried to sell his film that was a Hindi remake of the 1957 Gary Cooper-Audery Hepburn romance, Love In The Afternoon, to Warner Bros. as their next Bollywood production.

EmraanInitiating idea

According to a source, Suri approached Warner with the story of a man who falls in love with the woman he’s been hired to spy on. Naturally, the Bhatt camp’s ghar ka hero, Emraan Hashmi was confirmed for the lead. "Warner liked the idea but later, follow-ups revealed that it had been triggered off by a film they had presented more than 50 years ago," says a source.

The heads at Warner India then decided that instead of just presenting the Hindi remake they wanted to produce it too. And it was suggested that Vishesh Films be the line producer. Suri immediately connected with his uncles, Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt to apprise them of the development. And after long discussion they’ve fallen in with the change in plan. When contacted, Suri says that Vishesh Films were in talks with Warner to officially acquire the rights of Love In The Afternoon, a Warner title.

Talks on
“Mukeshji would be the best person to comment on it since I’m not clued into the latest developments. My next film is based on the racial attacks on Indians in Australia and is being produced in association with Sony. Emraan plays the main protagonist through whom the story is being told,” says Suri.

He is quick to add that the film will not be take a pro-India or anti-Australia stand. “Racism is a universal issue and concerns everyone across the globe. So my film won’t be saying that Australians or white men are bad and Indians are being targeted,” he asserts.

Suri is flying to Australia on Thursday to finalise the Australian actors who will be a part of the cast. Shooting will start in November. Mukesh Bhatt was unavailable for comment.