Pooja Bhatt to direct 2 films in next 18 months

By Hindustan Times

She, self admittedly has tasted blood. The success of Jism 2 has whetted Pooja Bhatt's appetite for more directorial ventures. She's all set to start two films one after another. While Jism 3 is now in the planning stage, Pooja has now also started working on her pet project Cabaret.

Says Pooja, "Now that I've tasted blood with Jism 2, I don't want to get off the filmmaking treadmill."

Yes, Pooja is now all set to direct two back-to-back films within the next 18 months . A first for this feisty actress-turned-director, whose Jism 2 has broken new grounds in mainstream Hindi cinema.

Says Pooja, "I'm starting Jism 3 first. I'm committed to completing Jism 3 first and releasing it by the winter of 2013. But scripting for both Jism 3 and Cabaret, have started simultaneously. Both will release in the next 18 months."

Jism 3 would have two hotties vying to attract eyeballs. Nathalia Kaur, the Ram Gopal Varma muse, may be one of them.

Says Pooja, "Yes, there might be two girls in Jism 3. As for Nathalia, my Dad (Mahesh Bhatt) really liked Nathalia's pics and I suggested I consider her for Jism 3. So we're certainly looking at that option."

As for Cabaret, the lead would be very hard to find and Pooja is getting ready for an intense struggle to get that in place. "Casting for Cabaret is a tough one! I need a woman who is not only an amazing dancer but an intelligent actress as well. My ideal actress for Cabaret would be someone with Helen's grace sensuality and innocence combined with Smita Patil's searing intensity and heart-wrenching honesty."

But, Pooja is determined to crack the casting for both within the next few months and complete both projects on target within the next 18 months.

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