After replacing SRK in the film, Ranbir Kapoor wants his Rockstar director and new BFF to step in as the director of the project left midway by Vishal Bhardwaj


Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 15, 2011)


After facing several roadblocks, Sajid Nadiadwala’s 2 States seems to have found it’s way out of the backburner.

The film that was to be directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and star Shah Rukh Khan, has now, reportedly found a new set of actor-director jodi to take it forward. While Ranbir Kapoor is all set to essay the role of the male lead, the north Indian guy in love with a south Indian girl, his new BFF and Rockstar director Imtiaz Ali has been asked to take over from Bhardwaj, claimed sources.

Ranbir, it seems, is very impressed with Imtiaz and feels only he can translate Chetan Bhagat’s romantic novel into film. “After working so closely with Imtiaz, Ranbir is convinced that Imtiaz is the man for the job. He is now trying to convince producer Sajid Nadiadwala to let Imtiaz take over 2 States. He has even persuaded Imtiaz to direct the film,” revealed the source.

The Sajid Nadiadwala production had earlier been caught in many controversies. Initially, the project was delayed due to creative differences between Vishal Bhardwaj and the authorĀ  Chetan Bhagat. This was soon followed by various speculations about the leading lady in the film. Later, reportedly the film was put on the backburner.

Though Shah Rukh and Vishal Bhardwaj later decided to join hands for a film, it wasn’t for Sajid Nadiadwala’s project, which had brought the two together.

In an attempt to revive his project, Sajid had reportedly asked Ranbir to star in the film. And the actor seems to be determined to get his friend Imtiaz on board for the same.

“Ranbir will now finish Barfee. He will then move on to Ayaan Mukerjee’s Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. After that he wants to work on yet another feel-good project. And that’s exactly where 2 States would come in. Of course, along with Imtiaz Ali,” said the source. Ranbir, Imtiaz and Sajid remained unavailable for comment.