Director of Shootout at Lokhandwala, Apoorva Lakhia is
in talks with Sagarika Ghatge (Preeti Sabarwal of Chak De
India) for his next film, Mission Istanbul which is
co- produced by Suniel Shetty and Ekta Kapoor. Shreya Saran, who is
also one of the lead actresses, has already been signed for the
film; she was last seen in the film Awarapan.
"Mission Istanbul is about a person, who is stuck in
extraordinary circumstances, in the world of terrorism. The main
character is fictional but the situation around him is real; like
in the film, Last King of Scotland. "There is definitely
no Osama in this story" clarifies Apoorva Lakhia. "The
shooting of the film would start by October 20. It's a 60-day
schedule and would be completed by February. We hope to release the
film by summer next year", adds the director.
On asking about the character of the leading actresses he said,
"Shreya would be a news reporter, it's a facet role whilst the
other actress will play the role of a RAW analysis agent." Apoorva
further confirms, "Sagarika surely is among the ones who we looked
at for the second role but she has not been signed for the
It was heard that Suniel Shetty is doing a special appearance in
this film; however the director corrects it saying, "Suniel is very
much doing the film, not as a special appearance; its Abhishek
Bachchan who's giving a special appearance in the film. The other
star cast of the film includes Zayed Khan and Vivek Oberoi."
"The locations selected for the shoot include Turkey, Istanbul,
Mumbai, Jaisalmer and Antalia. So far there have been no problems
with the locations, I just returned from Istanbul yesterday" he
After Mission Istanbul, Apoorva has three projects
lined up. "I have signed a film with Tips and one with HMV. However
I will also be doing another film with Suniel Shetty as it was
great fun to work with him."