By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sequels are in. Every established and resourceful producer is making one. And why not? With sequels to Hera Pheri [Phir Hera Pheri], Koi... Mil Gaya [Krrish] and Munnabhai M.B.B.S. [Lage Raho Munnabhai] proving smash hits and the sequel to Dhoom [Dhoom 2] being awaited with bated breath, the dream merchants in Mumbai are getting ready to write a new chapter in film-making.
Now get set for the sequel to Aankhen.
The Amitabh Bachchan - Akshay Kumar - Arjun Rampal - Paresh Rawal film will have a sequel. Gaurang Doshi, who produced Aankhen, is working on the pre-production of the sequel currently. "It's called Aankhen 2," he tells me.
Gaurang is tightlipped about the film since he's yet to finalize the four important players in the sequel. "I can't make a film without Amit-ji [Bachchan Sr.]. Of course, he'll head the cast of the sequel," he smiles. What about Akshay? "No, he's not connected to the sequel. We have finalized two top names, besides Amit-ji, and are in the midst of finalizing the fourth. So, it's premature to drop names at this juncture," he adds.
Vipul Shah, who directed Aankhen, won't direct its sequel, since things weren't hunky-dory between Gaurang and Vipul when Aankhen released. "Actor-director Sachin is directing the sequel. In fact, Sachin and his team of writers are writing the sequel," Gaurang divulges.
Aankhen had two endings -- the first for the Overseas audiences, the second for the Indian audiences. Which end will form the beginning of Aankhen 2? "I am not revealing that yet," Gaurang laughs aloud. Aankhen 2 goes on floors in November this year, along with Gaurang's other film Happy Birthday, directed by Sriram Raghavan.