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Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 17, 2011)
Following the announcement of their third collaborative venture Ghanchakkar, UTV Motion Pictures and director Rajkumar Gupta had decided to get Emraan Hashmi on-board to essay the male lead in the film. And now, Mumbai Mirror has learnt that the filmmakers search for a female lead might just be over. Rajkumar’s friend revealed that Emraan's The Dirty Picture co-star Vidya Balan is one of the top names on the list of contenders.
“There are many reasons for Vidya to agree to do the project. First, she is very fond of Rajkumar after they worked together in No One Killed Jessica and since its release he has been pursuing the actress to work with him again. With Emraan playing the male lead in Ghanchakkar, Vidya has another reason to do the film. They worked well as an on-screen couple in The Dirty Picture. Finally, Vidya's friendship with UTV's Siddharth Roy Kapur would be a bonus reason for her to take on the project," explained Rajkumar's friend.
When contacted, Rajkumar admitted his attempts to get Vidya on-board. He told us, "At the moment I am neither confirming nor denying Vidya's role in Ghanchakkar. She is my first choice. It'd be a delight to get her to try out an entirely new genre. She not only jells well with Emraan, but is also apt for the character."
By Subhash K. Jha, August 30, 2011 – 11:21 IST
The unpleasant Heroine episode is all but forgotten. Though it’s unlikely that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will work with Madhur Bhandarkar in the near future, the process of patching up with UTV, the production house which was to produce Heroine, has begun.
And the man who has unwittingly initiated the healing process between the Bachchans and UTV is the diminutive director Rajkumar Gupta who was very keen from the start on signing Abhishek for the lead role in his next film Ghanchakkar.
Says a source, “There are two protagonists in Ghanchakkar. A male and a female. Abhishek and Vidya Balan were Rajkumar’s first choice from the start. Abhishek fitted the role perfectly. But then he came to know about the differences over Heroine between the Bachchans and UTV. Rajkumar then went to Saif Ali Khan who was also an apt choice for the part. But somehow Gupta had his heart set on Abhishek for the part.”
This is where the Aamir and No One Killed Jessica director took the initiative.
Says a source, “Rajkumar spoke to both the parties and was relieved when they displayed a maturity and professionalism in their attitude. Vidya who is very fond of the Bachchans and her Jessica director also played a part in the patch-up.”
Now Gupta flies to Jaipur where Abhishek is shooting for Bol Bachchan, to finalize the actor.
Speaking with caution, Rajkumar Gupta says, “Yes. I am meeting Abhishek soon. The quirky cocky character in Ghanchakkar is perfect More >