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tv Updated: Dec 17, 2009 19:50 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Kinshuk Mahajan and Parul ChauhanKinshuk Mahajan and Parul Chauhan, the pair that plays the role of Ranveer and Ragini in television soap Sapnaa Babul Ka Bidaai, will soon be seen on the big screen.

The actors, who are keen on starting work on the project, are making their movie debut in their current producer-director Rajan Shahi’s yet to be titled film.

First take
Confirming the news, Shahi maintains that the film would take a while to go on the floors. “It’s taken a few months to zero in on the subject for my film which is my first as a producer-director,” he says.

“It’s an extension of my production company and I am not in a hurry to start. Right now, I’m setting up my team, the infrastructure and the marketing plans for the film. We’re working on the pre-production of the film simultaneously,” says Shahi about the film, which is a love story with a strong message. The producer-director wishes to start the film sometime after mid 2010.

First choice
Though Sara Khan and Angad Hasija, Chauhan and Mahajan’s co-actors in Sapna Baabul Kaa, were also in the running for the lead in the film, Shahi chose Chauhan and Mahajan because, he says, “the two suited the characters better.” “I prefer to work with actors who I’m comfortable with. All four of them are my find. But Parul and Kinshuk have the X-factor which can take them to great heights,” says Shahi. The actors will be taken through workshops and grooming sessions that will help them get into the skin of the characters, before the film’s shoot begins.

Does that mean Bidaai would shut down a year later?
“TV has given me everything that I have today,” he says. “I will never start my second venture such that it affects my TV shows. TV will remain top priority and I will never let my shows close down because of my film projects,” asserts Shahi denying rumours that the show will shut down after one year. Sapnaa Babul Ka Bidaai has already got an extension for one more year.