Priyadarshan has made Hera Pheri with Akshay Kumar.
Priyadarshan has made Hera Pheri with Akshay Kumar.

Priyadarshan confirms he’s working on a new script for Akshay Kumar in lockdown

Priyadarshan is currently working on a script for Akshay Kumar. He is also awaiting the release of his film, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, starring Mohanlal.
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Karthik Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 04:42 PM IST

Veteran filmmaker Priyadarshan has confirmed that he’s currently working on a fresh script for a project he intends to make with Akshay Kumar.

In his latest interview with The News Minute, the Hungama filmmaker has opened up on lockdown, his upcoming Malayalam magnum opus, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, starring Mohanlal in the lead role and working on a new script for Akshay Kumar.

Talking about he’s dealing with lockdown, he said: “Sometimes, it’s good to slow down and the lockdown has given many of us a chance to relax and ruminate. I’ve done a bit of reading, besides watching films at my Chennai home. I’ve also started writing a new script, for Akshay Kumar.”

Meanwhile, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, made on a lavish budget of over Rs 100 crore, was supposed to hit the screens in March. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the release has been postponed indefinitely.

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“With such huge stakes involved, we’re concerned about our product which we painstakingly built, but we are in no hurry to release the film. We’ll take a call when the world returns to normalcy, when people are in a position to enjoy things the way they used to earlier. We’re looking forward to a release in December or even early next year,” he said.

Having worked with major stars across industries, Priyadarshan confessed he’d love to collaborate with Rajinikanth given a chance. “Who does not want to? Like almost all directors in the south and elsewhere, I too am in awe of the Superstar, but I could never have done justice to his histrionics had I gone ahead and done what we discussed years ago. In fact, two-three offers came my way with a project with Thalaivar, but I didn’t have the courage to tap his energy on screen. I still clap, whoop and whistle the moment I see him on screen. He is just, just beyond everybody,” he added.

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