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Suniel Shetty works hard for Little Godfather

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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sunil Shetty's Little Godfather directed by Joy Augustine, which is based around the Indian Railways seems to have run into some heavy weather (and it's not because of the infamous Mumbai monsoons).

The actor has been making rounds of babus offices to secure all the necessary paperwork for the smooth sailing of the film, as it is a sensitive subject.

Sunil was in Delhi recently to canvas support from the railway personnel for the film. He admits, "Yes I have been talking to a few people there and I will soon make a presentation to Lalooji (Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav) as I am close to him.

I am not looking for anything else but support as far as the shooting goes. I also want an approval for the script. They should be happy and proud of what we are doing."

Difficult film

Says Sunil, "Logistically speaking it's a difficult film to make - for the huge amount of people involved. Also we will be shooting in crowded trains, on railway tracks and yards, so we need all the permissions.

Little Godfather deals with the children who live their lives on the trains and how they helped people during the bomb blasts. Mumbai is like a city on wheels - there is so much of activity going on in the trains! The film is a salute to the railways and the spirit of Mumbai.

Since it's a film based around the railways and the 7/11 blasts we require lots of detailing and railway support. I am going all out for the film as it's very close to my heart. I love Joy's passion for the film."

Still auditioning

Sunil and Joy have been auditioning many children. "We are still auditioning the star kids. We require about eight of them from the age group of 7-17 years. Joy will take those whom he believes suit the roles. They are all very good but Joy will take the final decision.

We don't want to be unjust or discourage any kid." Sunil was in Delhi recently to canvas support from the railway personnel for the film. He admits, "Yes I have been talking to a few people there and I will soon make a presentation to Lalooji (Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav) as I am close to him.

I am not looking for anything else but support as far as the shooting goes. I also want an approval for the script. They should be happy and proud of what we are doing."

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