By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Sometime back, we told you of Rang De Basanti director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and UTV joining hands to produce four films with the total budget being Rs. 280 crores. The gamut of films to be directed by Mehra includes Paanch Kaurav [a trilogy] and Dilli-6, based on Mehra's growing up years in the vibrant Chandni Chowk area of New Delhi.
The casting of Dilli-6 has been the topic of discussion ever since Mehra announced the project officially. Initially, Mehra had approached Hrithik Roshan for the main role, then Abhishek Bachchan, later Akshay Kumar. Just recently, it was reported that Mehra had finally confirmed Siddharth [enacted one of the leads in Rang De Basanti] for the role in question.
"It's completely untrue," Mehra clarifies when I quiz him about the casting, "I haven't signed Siddharth for the film. In fact, I haven't signed anyone so far. The media keeps planting someone every alternate week." Didn't he approach Akshay Kumar again? "Not at all! I guess, the media knows more about my film than I do," he laughs.
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