By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Bobby Deol currently riding the crest with his two lauded
performances in Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom and Apne, is out
of Apoorva Lakhia's Mission Istanbul.
Explains Lakhia, "We were supposed to go on the floors on 1st
August but because of Ramzan and Eid the date got pushed up with
the result that Bobby Deol can no longer do the project. Sad,
because he was the first one I signed. Unfortunately Mission
Istanbul requires 60 days in Turkey at a stretch. And I've to
finish the film by end of November before winter sets in and the
days get short and wintry."
Khan has stepped into Bobby's place. "I'm happy Zayed had stepped
in. I guess he brings a different mood to the role from Bobby. I've
never worked with Zayed before. I've seen a couple of his films.
He's young and cocky. We can play on that. He plays a young
inexperienced guy in a mature world."
Apart from Zayed the final cast for Mission Istanbul is
Viveik Oberoi, Suniel Shetty, Shabbir Ahluwalia and newcomer Niket
Dheer (actor Pankaj Dheer's son) and Shreya Saran(last seen in
Awarapan). Abhishek Bachchan will also be appearing in the
"How can I ever make a film without Abhishek?" argues Lakhia,
known to stick to a film's budget. "I shot Mumbai Se Aaya Mera
Dost in 41 days and Ek Ajnabee in 39 days. Shootout At
Lokhandwala was shot in 53 days although it went on for 9
months. Mission Isntanbul is a very expensive film. My producer
Suniel Shetty has already spent plenty in pre-production. We've
already been to Turkey several times. It's one of the most amazing
shooting spots. I'm looking forward to it."
After Mission Istanbul Apoorva Lakhia will direct a film
for Ekta Kapoor. "We're exploring a number of films. And it won't
necessarily have Tusshar in it. Ekta never insists on anyone in the
cast. In fact I had to ask Ekta to intervene when Tusshar was
reluctant to do Shootout At Lokhandwala...I'm glad the film
is a hit. Though I can't say how big a hit, at least it got me
noticed and I'm doing Mission Istanbul."