The audience has been caught unaware, the trade is surprised, the industry is amazed and the detractors shocked. Aamir Khan, whose last release (3 Idiots) was close to a year back, hadn't signed a film for ages. In fact work on 3 Idiots had begun more than two and a half years ago and ever since then, there were speculations galore around what would he do next. The feelers were from all over in fact. There were talks about Yash Chopra, Karan Johar and Vidhu Vinod Chopra lining up projects for him to pick and choose. And we are talking only about top of the top brass here.
However, Aamir ended up opting for the one film old Reema Kagti who had found critical appreciation as well as reasonable commercial success with her debut outing Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, a quirky comedy. With Aamir Khan though, she is taking an altogether different route by scripting a suspense drama.
Says a veteran insider, "Now that's a first for Aamir because in his career spanning over two decades, Aamir has never - that's right, never - worked in a suspense drama. Known mostly for his romantic or at times dramatic or action ventures, Aamir has been rapidly switching genres in the last five years. After playing a college student in 3 Idiots, working in a mature dramatic outing with an element of suspense to it sounds like quite a move by Aamir."
This wasn't the first script that Reema had presented to Aamir though. She in fact had an altogether different subject in mind and had approached Aamir to work on it a few months back.
"When I first got into a conversation with Aamir, it was for a different subject altogether", reveals Reema who meanwhile also wrote Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif starrer Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara for close friend and colleague Zoya Akhtar, "It was then decided to pick a different subject and build it on further. It definitely sounded interesting and I bided my time, got this script in place for the new subject, and approached Aamir again."
Given the fact that Aamir is known for his 'active contribution' to the projects that he consents to; did the famed 'improvisation' affect her script as well? After all there are still a few more weeks to go and there could be possible changes in script that could come her way.
"No, Aamir didn't suggest any changes there. In fact what I presented to Aamir stays the way it was designed", Reema confirms.
She goes on add on a parting note, "Whatever few changes that have actually come in, they are entirely based on what I thought would make the drama more tout. The script has only become far more firm and crisp now."
A joint production of Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani and Aamir Khan, this yet untitled film would commence shooting in February 2011 and would be ready for release by year end.