They created magic in Goutam Ghose's National Award-winning Paar. Now, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi, come together again in Rituparno Ghosh's bilingual, The London Summer (Hindi and English).
To be produced by Arindam Chaudhuri under the Planman Motion Pictures banner, this will also be Rituparno Ghosh's first English film.
Speaking to HT City during his visit to Kolkata on Monday, Chaudhuri says that the film will be set during the British Raj. "We plan to start shooting next summer," adds the producer. The rest of the cast hasn't been finalised but Chaudhuri says the film will be for the global audience.
Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi come together again in Rituparno Ghosh's bilingual The London Summer
"Both Naseer and Shabana have huge appeal at the international level and we hope to cash in on that. Ritu
, too, has an international audience. To bring in the two actors after ages was the director's idea," he adds. Mandi and Masoom are among the pair's memorable films together.
Planman also produced Dosar by Ghosh. "We want Rituda to make sensible films that will have commercial appeal too. And we want to create the Rituparno brand in Bollywood," says the producer and management guru. Planman is also the producer of Ghosh's Sunglass, which is currently being shot in the city.
There is good news on the Dosar front, too. It has been selected along with films like Bend It Like Beckham, Baran and City of God among others at the 2006 Hamburg International Film Festival. "It is indeed an honour that Dosar has been invited for a special screening along with such films," says Chaudhuri.
A lot of films are in the pipeline for Planman. Rajat Kapoor's Mithya is next. Then there is Aziz Mirza's film with Salman Khan, Sharad Kataria's take on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream among others.
"Anjan Das is writing a script on a 17-line poem and I am waiting for it," adds Chaudhuri. On the music front, "We have plans to bring Scorpions to India and definitely Kolkata," adds Chaudhuri.