Ram Gopal Varma’s next film is inspired by the media and featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Manisha Koirala, Mallika Sherawat and Paresh Rawal among others. It will be his biggest film yet.
“The film basically revolves around the business of news.. how the media takes up a subject and treats it,” says a source associated with the untitled movie. It has been written by Rohit Bhandwilkar with inputs from Varma himself.
Bachchan will play an influential media baron who began as a lowly reporter. A career redefining role has been crafted for Sherawat and Koirala too, whom Varma last worked with in Company.
Urmila Matondkar hasn’t been approached yet but Varma is still looking to rope in 10 to 12 big names whose remuneration could well add up to Rs 20 crore. The movie will cost another Rs 22 crore but the filmmaker is confident of selling it even before the first shot has been canned, reveals our source.
Scheduled to start in December, it will be shot in Mumbai and Delhi. Varma plans to complete it in 50 days flat and release it in April 2009.