Moti Sagar and his team at Sagar Arts are in the process of finding their Ajay Devgn, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Salman Khan for the ‘televised’ version of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, that was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 2007. The show is as yet untitled but the casting has started. The show for Colors will have an ensemble cast.
Moti Sagar says, "I wouldn’t call it a frame-by-frame remake. My show revolves around a group of folk singers in the interiors of Gujarat, the Darbaris. The show is a family drama-cum-love story between three leading characters."
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’s storyline also revolved around three characters, Vanraj (Ajay), Nandini (Aishwarya) and Sameer (Salman Khan). Sameer and Nandini fall in love but the latter is married off to Vanraj who on learning that she loves another, tries to reunite her with her Indo-Italian singer.
Will the serial follow a similar storyline? "Movies have definite timelines and storylines. But in a soap, we have lots of tracks that can develop or be edited depending on the audience response. Most family dramas and love stories are pretty similar but their treatment makes them different. Music, Gujarat and the love triangle are the only common links between Bhansaliji and our work," argues Sagar.
It’s rumoured that Sagar Arts plans to hire many artistes from Bhansali’s hit movie for the show. “You’ll have to wait and watch to see how many actors are in common. I don’t think there will be any.”
The show will be shot in Gujarat next month and then shift to a location in or around Mumbai. The actors haven’t been finalised yet. Sagar says the show is expected to go on air in the next two months.
“The slot and the title will be decided by the team at Colors,” he adds. “We’ve started the pre-production work and should be ready to roll by next month.”