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Sawant entering Bollywood through Fhansi

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By: Reshma Kelkar, IndiaFM
Friday, August 31, 2007

Producer, Anil Sharma is all set to make a serious action movie with Shwaas fame director Sandeep Sawant. This film has been tentatively titled as Fhansi and will be directed by Sawant. Fhansi stars Sunny Deol as the main lead.

Confirming the news, the Associate Producer of the film, Raj Chaudhary said, "We have signed Sandeep Sawant for our next venture." Talking about the starcast of the film, he says, "Sunny Deol has already been signed and we are negotiating with Sameera Reddy to play the female lead. We have also signed Rahul Dev and Atul Kulkarni for this film."

According to Chaudhary, Producer Anil Sharma himself came up with this subject. The script of Fhansi has been written by Ashok Bakshi, who had also written the scripts for many other films produced by Shweta International (Anil Sharma"s production banner) including Madhoshi.

Speaking about the storyline of Fhansi, Chaudhary says, “Fhansi is regarding the capital punishment (death sentences) given in India. It"s about a terrorist who is caught and imprisoned, to be hanged. Rahul Dev plays a terrorist in the film. The jailer will be played by Sunny Deol while Atul Kulkarni plays a journalist and Sunny"s close friend. Atul is against this, as he wants this capital punishment to be abolished from our country. While his friend Sunny makes him realize, why such people deserve to be hanged."

Producer Anil Sharma and Raj Chaudhary have already planned to take this film across film festivals. No wonder they chose Sandeep Sawant as the director as his Marathi film, Shwaas made an Oscar entry. Fhansi will mark Sawant"s first Hindi film as a director.

Chaudhary is very excited about working with Santosh Sawant. “We are planning to make this film in such a way that it would definitely make an Oscar entry. Santosh"s last movie Shwaas won the national award and also went for the Oscars. We have been planning this film since the last two years but couldn"t start it because Sandeep was occupied with his other Marathi projects; in addition to that there were date issues. Our subject is difficult to describe but we are completely confident about our director. Sawant is a perfectionist. We were trying to get him on this project since the last one and half year" says Chaudhary.

Interestingly, there are no songs in the film but the background music will surely be captivating. Fhansi will go on floors by October and will be shot completely in Goa. “We plan to release it in January. The film will be shot in a single schedule of thirty days. It will be completed by the end of the year. Our focus is mainly on festivals" he concludes.

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