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Aamir Khan's production of Delhi Belly seems to be undergoing a lot of pre-production belly-aches…not a strange occurrence for Mr Khan. Remember the changes Taare Zameen Par (TZP) went through as it made its journey from Amole Gupte to Aamir Khan?
While the directorial responsibility in TZP changed when the film was almost complete, Delhi Belly has changed directors even before the shooting has started. The original choice to direct Aamir Khan's quirky and crisp sex comedy was the Swedish director Robert Nylund. No more so. The film has a new director and probably a new language as well.
Says a source close to the project, "Robert Nylund has been replaced by Abinay Deo who is veteran actors Ramesh and Seema Deo's younger son(the elder one, Ajinkya Deo, is a recognizable Marathi and Hindi actor) and the film was originally going to be in Hindi. It's now in English."
This is a big bright bustling break for the young ad-filmmaker who has already directed high-budgeted star-studded Pepsi and Cinthol ads. Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starred in his Pepsi ad while Hrithik was the lead in the Cinthol ad.
Says the source, "In an instant replay of what happened between Aamir and Amole Gupte during TZP. Aamir couldn't see eye to eye with the Swedish director. After Delhi Belly was without a director, Aamir was very impressed by Abhinay's ads. When they met, he found Abhinay to be bright and full of do-able ideas."
Apparently, Abhinay has been asked to direct Delhi Belly on the lines of Guy Ritchie's heist-caper Snatch. Says the source, "It would be a very naughty and sexy comedy unlike anything one would expect from Aamir. And yes, he's likely to play a part in it."