The Bhatts' plans to do sequel to their 2002 film Raaz has run into troubled waters. Neither their blue-eyed boy Emran Hashmi nor are any of the Bhatt discoveries seem to have the time or inclination for this much-delayed project.
And now it seems Muzammil Ebrahim who made a pretty impressive debut in Pooja Bhatt-directed Dhokha has apparently declined to do the stalled project. Muzammil who's currently shooting with Nana Patekar for the comedy Horn OK Please admits he was offered the film. "But I'm already doing a film for Bhatt Saab to be again directed by Mohit Suri. It's an intense love story. Two films for the same banner with the same director doesn't sound like a good idea."
Instead the model-turned-actor wants to do a full-on action film next. "I've done a political drama which had bits of action. And I'm doing comedy as my second film. When the Dhoom 2 action director Shyam Kaushal saw my scattered stunts in Dhokha he suggested I'm built for action. So I'm now looking at an actioner."
Adds the actor, "I've been saying no to some projects. And I realize that gives people a chance to spread the rumour that I'm difficult. But I'd rather be known as difficult than do something that I don't entirely want to."
As for the Bhatts, "I've the highest regards for Bhatt Saab. Who doesn't? And he did stand by me like a pillar of strength during Dhokha when I was having problems with Pooja. But when I go to their office I do notice a certain reserve and caution because all said and done, they are father and daughter and I'm the outsider. I respect that.” Mahesh Bhatt is as nonchalant as ever about the casting hitch. “We're always on the look-out for new talent. There's a young Pakistani actor named Adnan whom Mohit is testing for Raaz 2. Let's see."