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Amitabh Bachchan to revive AB Corp

Amitabh Bachchan is all set to revive his production company AB Corporation with its next film featuring Abhishek and Aishwarya, under the direction of Goldie Behl. Hiren Kotwani has the details.
Hindustan Times | By Hiren Kotwani, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2008 04:46 PM IST

Ever since Amitabh Bachchan cleared his debts, he has nourished the dream of reviving his company, A B Corp.

Unfortunately, things haven't gone as well as he thought, on the production front. Never one to give up, sources say, he'll announce his next project later this year.

According to sources, it will feature Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, under the direction of Goldie Behl.

Our source informs, "The plan is in place, to make a movie with Abhishek and Aishwarya. Goldie has been assigned to direct this movie, and a couple of story ideas are under consideration. After the release of Drona, whichever of these scripts shapes up best, will be chosen as A B Corp's comeback into production. The official announcements will made by the end of this year."

In denial
Although Behl denied the reports, he did concede that he would love to direct for A B Corp. "It's my family. So whenever they ask me to make a movie for them, I'll certainly be ready, no questions asked."

Despite being in the midst of post production of his fantasy thriller, Drona, Behl also admits to having a couple of ideas for his next movie.

"Whenever I get some time off, I work on those ideas, developing them to see where they're headed," he says.

Delayed release
Considering that Drona has been in the making since December 2006, question him on the delay and he clarifies, "It hasn't taken as long as everyone believes," says Behl.

The director adds that while the schedule began in December 2006, they shot for a few days. After that, shooting was on hold for four-five months because there was a lot of pr-eproduction required before we could shot the rest of the film.

"In all, I shot for 109 days. That's not much considering the extensive visual effects the film has," he reiterates.

Behl doesn't give the figure incurred in the visual effects, saying he's handling the creativity part. The economics are handled by his producer sister Shristi Arya and Eros Entertainment, the presenters of Drona, scheduled to release on August 15.

Third time lucky
Keeping in mind his close relationship with the Bachchans and also that both his films (Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai and Drona) topline Bachchan Jr, will they team up for his next film also?

"I'd love to work with Abhishek again. But let's see.. I've yet to complete the scripts and narrate them to him first," he replies.

What about Aishwarya?

"I'd like to work with her also. But it all depends on whether she likes the script and the role," he adds.

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