Anurag Basu will return to the small screen in a big way next year. News is that he will be directing the televised version of his 2007 hit, Life… In A Metro. The director, whose film Kites released this year, admits he’s remaking his movie with a mix of fresh and known faces under his production house.
“My team and I conducted auditions last week in the city. We had a good turnout and some of them were quite promising. But we haven’t cast anyone as yet,” adds Basu.
Talk is that the show, rewritten from the movie starring Shilpa Shetty, Shiney Ahuja, Kangna Ranaut, Sharman Joshi, Dharmendra, Nafisa Ali, KK Menon, Konkona Sen Sharma and Irrfan Khan, will be aired on Star One.
“Yes, I am in talks with Star One. Till we don’t sign the contract and get our telecast dates, we can’t start shooting or speak in detail about the show,” says Basu.
It is also learnt that the director will have the original cast of the film do cameos in the show, which is untitled right now. The show has been completely adapted for the small screen to suit urban young viewers. “It’s too early to say anything on that front because we don’t know our slot on the channel or the time of the year when the show has to be readied. The contract is pending and the cast hasn’t been finalised yet,” says Basu.
“Getting or not getting the lead cast of Life… In A Metro for a cameo is something that can be decided at a later stage.” The movie traces the lives of seven individuals in an urban set-up and discusses various issues like extra-marital affairs, love and relationships. A portion of the film was, apparently, also borrowed from the 1960s classic, The Apartment.