Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Nov 14 (IANS) Even as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra prepares to start his next project, the autobiographical "Delhi 6", he is also planning a casting coup for "Bhairavi" - three of the Bachchans.
Mehra intends to bring Amitabh, Jaya and Abhishek together in their real-life roles of husband, wife and son in "Bhairavi", which will be set in the world of classical Indian music and carry forward the theme of strife amidst competitive creativity.
"It's a project that has been with me for a while. I have already narrated it to Amitji and Abhishek. And they're on," Mehra told IANS."Ideally, I'd have liked to make it immediately after 'Aks'. But a combination of forces came in the way. I'm ready to do the film as soon as the dates are worked out. One thing is for sure. 'Bhairavi' has to be made with Amitji, Abhishek and Jaya," he added.
But Jaya is known to be extremely finicky about projects. She isn't too sold on the idea of coming together with her husband and son on screen. Will she agree?
"She has to! I'll go on a hunger strike in front of her house until she agrees. 'Bhairavi' must be made, preferably this year," said Mehra.
Incidentally, Bhairavi is the name of Mehra's daughter.
While he waits for his dream project to materialise, Mehra also has plans for "Paanch Kaurav".
"It's a mythical opus, on the lines of 'Raiders Of The Lost Arc' and 'Lord Of The Rings'. It's a huge film, with an estimated budget of Rs.700 million."
Bollywood's top-notch production house UTV, which is laughing all the way to the bank after producing Mehra's "Rang De Basanti", has agreed to produce "Paanch Kaurav".
"But right now there's my autobiographical film about my childhood in Delhi's Chandni Chowk entitled 'Delhi 6'."
Apparently, he has finalised Sonam Kapoor, who debuted in "Saawariya", for the female lead. And if things go according to Mehra's plans, Abhishek will be seen playing the male lead in the film.