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Ekta insists Fanaa isn't a remake of Twilight

tv Updated: Aug 07, 2010 19:20 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Seems Ekta Kapoor is remaking


as a Hindi daily soap,


, that will go on air some time next month on

Star One.

Shooting commenced this week with Vikas Goopta, Vivian D’Sena, Sukirti Khandpal and Priya Wal, and a supporting cast. “




just because it features vampires and revolves around campus romance,” argues Goopta, who plays the male lead and was once creative director of Balaji Telefilms.

Vampires in love

The plot supposedly revolves around two college-going vampires who are in love with human girls. Goopta insists that the soap, which will be on an evening primetime slot, is more of an unusual love story. “The vampires in our show are in love with women who will eventually become their prey. I’m paired with Priya and Vivian with Sukirti.” he says, adding,


“Ekta has hired writers who have worked on various Farhan Akhtar productions; a few have scripted the Sonam Kapoor film, Aisha, too. They will definitely come up with something original.”

The artistes were put through rigorous workshops for over four weeks to help them get into character before the show went on floors. Apparently, Kapoor threw out Vivan Bhatena, the first choice for the lead, and opted for the 23-year-old Goopta.

“I can’t comment on Vivan. Ekta knew I wanted to act in movies. One day, she called me out of the blue and asked if I wanted to do her show,” says Goopta. “Today, I feel I’m back home.”