They teamed up for Barfi! in 2012. They are presently working on a comedy-detective film, Jagga Jasoos. And director Anurag Basu and actor Ranbir Kapoor are meant to come together again, for a film on legendary singer-actor Kishore Kumar. And while it’s widely believed that the biopic has been delayed due to script issues, we have come to know that it’s Ranbir’s packed schedule that is keeping it on the back-burner.
"It’s a challenging film, which requires Ranbir to dedicate six-seven months (over 200 days) at one go to it. Right now, since he doesn’t have that kind of time, the film is on hold. Once Ranbir starts work on it, he will have to get into Kishore da’s, look and will also undergo physical transformations, including gaining and losing weight (to show the singer’s transformation). So he won’t be able to work on any other film," says an insider close to the project.
Even though Ranbir might not be able to start the biopic now, the source insists that the film is very much on. "Both Ranbir and Anurag have committed to it. They will start work on it the day Ranbir sorts out a six-month window," adds the insider. A few days back, Ranbir apparently even underwent multiple look tests for the biopic.
After wrapping up a schedule of Anurag’s current film, Ranbir is now working on Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet in Sri Lanka. "He is very busy and will restart work on Anurag’s detective film in the last week of April," adds a source close to the director. Ranbir also has Bhushan Kumar’s Roy to wrap up.
Despite repeated attempts, Ranbir and Anurag couldn’t be reached for comments.