Mahesh Bhatt quit direction with the Ajay Devgan-Sonali Bendre starrer Zakhm (which also won Devgan his first national award).
He now wants to return to filmmaking again with Ajay Devgan with his docu-drama based on the life of speaker-philosopher, UG Krishnamurthi.
Buzz is that he approached Ajay Devgan to play the role of UG. Bhatt says cautiously, "I would love to have Ajay Devgan play the role and have approached him for it.
However, one has to see whether Ajay will allow himself to take the risk of an experimental film of this nature. He is the best actor for the role."
Bhatt explains his reasons for selecting Devgan to play his mentor's role, " In Zakhm, he was at his most brilliant and brave (he had played Bhatt himself). Ajay is the only actor I can think of presently who has an emotional point.
Only his acting has that humility which allows somebody else's life to invade him and portray that character without any pretensions. He soaks up information like a sponge and becomes the character. I don't think he has stagnated as an actor you are as good or bad as the writer or director is."
Not a comeback
Talking about the project Bhatt says, "I want to clarify that I have no intention of making a comeback into fictional feature films again. After giving up feature films, I have been making documentaries on the super cyclone of Orissa, the drought of Rajasthan, Nagaland, the lives of the Bastar tribals and the Jamiyat Ulema E Hind. I am going to make a documentary of a four-hour duration, which chronicles my own perspective of UG. It will be a non-fiction film like A Mighty Heart."