February 11, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): It looks like Anurag Basu’s proposed project with Abhishek Bachchan will have to wait.
Producer Goldie Behl who recently announced a film starring Abhishek Bachchan to be directed by Anurag Basu to be produced under Goldie’s banner Rose Movies, has now decided to first direct his own film starring Abhishek Bachchan before going on to Anurag’s film.
Goldie says he doesn’t want to wait as long as he did between his first directorial undertaking ‘Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai’ and his second ‘Drona’ to make his third film.
Says Goldie, “There was a gap of seven years between my first and second film. I got distracted by many things. I don’t want to wait at all to start my next film.”
Goldie is the process of locking in on his third directorial venture to start shooting before the year ends. Abhishek Bachchan’s presence is a given.
“I can’t dream of making a film without him. He’s my brother,” says Goldie emotionally.
However the reason why Anurag Basu’s project has been moved forward is a little more complicated. Basu is busy with the pre-production of his film starring Ranbir Kapoor. His project with Abhishek for Goldie Behl has been pushed to the next year.
Says Goldie, “That’s true. Anurag starts another’s film before he starts mine. That’s an important project for our banner because it is the first production from Rose Movies to be made by an outside director since my sister Shristi and I took over. If you remember, my father Ramesh Behl had started the banner by giving a chance to Ravi Nagaich to direct ‘The Train’. With Anurag Basu we hope to carry forward the tradition of using promising directors. Anurag has come up with a wonderful concept.”
Unfortunately Anurag’s script is far from ready. So Goldie gets to direct Abhishek first.
-Sampurn Wire/By Subhash K Jha