Aamir Khan will be doing a stark real-time film on AIDS with the prolific Priyadarshan, probably by the end of the year. Priyan, who has worked with the other two Khan superstars, Shahrukh and Salman, met Aamir who has given his verbal approval for the project.
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Priyan's other Hindi project Tezz is now on hold. The large-budget action thriller featuring Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Kangana Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor and Zayed Khan is waiting for the sun to shine on its fate...quite literally. The makers are waiting for the sun to come out in Scotland where the rest of the film is to be shot.
Explains Priyan, "About 40 percent of the film remains to be shot. I will complete it in one stretch in Scotland. But we cannot shoot it before summer when the sun comes out. I hope to complete and release Tezz by year-end."
"So for now I'm back in Kerala writing a Malayalam film. It a comedy with my favourite actor Mohanlal called The Arab Camel & Madhavan Nair to be shot in Abu Dhabi," informs Priyan.
The comedy will also be made in Hindi. Abu Dhabi has a large Malyali population. Says Priyan, "Even the traffic cops and taxi drivers in Abu Dhabi speak Malayalam. I haven't directed a Malayalam film in seven years, so I'm very excited."
For now Priyan has gone back to Kerala and his roots in Malayalam cinema. And is very happy about it.
Says the director, "I haven't gone to Mumbai for three months. I was getting very uncomfortable with what was required of me in Mumbai. Now, I'll return only to complete Tezz and to direct the AIDS film with Aamir Khan."
Aamir has heard and liked Priyan's idea. Says the director, "I met Aamir and narrated my idea. He loved it. I now need to complete the script." The film on AIDS will have no songs, no comedy and no commercial trappings at all. It's likely to be produced by Aamir.
In fact the only comedy that Priyan is committed to do is the sequel to Malaamal Weekly for Percept Pictures. Entitled Malaamal Robbery it will be about a group of people robbing a bank only to discover it has no money. "But no more comedies like De Dana Dan for me," promises Priyadarshan.