Director, Lyricist and Dialogue writer Sanjay Chhel's directorial venture for Venus - Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam is based on a theatre plot starring Mallika Sherawat and Rahul Bose in the lead. Mallika plays a character from a theatre group in the movie. Being a perfectionist and himself having a theatre background, Sanjay wanted Mallika to observe the nuances of theater artistes and incorporate it in her character. So, he took the actress to Prithvi theatre to have a first hand feel of the theatre atmosphere. The film also stars Paresh Rawal and K.K. Menon in comic roles. Says Sanjay, "The story revolves around a theatre group which performs a play titled Mughal-e-Azam, which has nothing to do with the epic. The film is a complete comic-thriller. Paresh and Mallika both work in the theatre group and act in the play, whereas Rahul Bose is a CBI officer and K.K. Menon plays the role of a Ghazal singer in the film".
Talking about the films progress, Sanjay Chhel informs, "Already 30% of the movie has been shot in Mumbai and we will be leaving for Pondicherry shortly for the next schedule. This is the first time any movie is based on a theatre plot. The movie will have a theatre story within the main line story. Finally, the audience will get to see something other than the normal love stories or action movies or usual comedies.”
Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam will hit the screens by April next year. The movie is being shot in an extensive 40-day schedule in the locales of Mumbai and Pondicherry.