By Hindustan Times
News of Sanjay Dutt’s untitled action drama, a remake of the Tamil hit Saamy (2003), has been making headlines for some time now. In fact, a few months ago, the actor apparently pulled out of the project as there were some issues regarding the film’s rights. As a result, he had also returned the signing amount of Rs. 2 crore to the makers. Since then, the film seems to have been put on the backburner.
But now, Sanjay is set to play the corrupt-cop-turns-good-cop act in the film.
“I don’t know where such talk (of the film not happening) comes from. I’ve already had detailed discussions with producer TP Aggarwal in Mumbai,” says Tamil director KS Ravikumar, who will make his Bollywood debut with this film.
Besides the Agneepath actor, the makers have roped in dialogue-writer duo Sajid-Farhad of the Golmaal series fame, as well as music composer Himesh Reshammiya. “In a couple of days, Sajid and Farhad are coming to Chennai to discuss the work,” says Ravikumar, adding, “They have already finished writing the first half’s dialogue.” Apparently, Himesh too has already composed a few songs.
Ask Ravikumar about how close the story of the remake will be to the Vikram-starrer and he says: “We have reworked the entire script to put it in a modern setting. After all, Saamy came out almost 10 years ago. The film shouldn’t look dated.”
Although rumours suggest that the movie is currently titled Thanedaar Returns, Ravikumar denies any such development. “There are three to four options, but it hasn’t been titled yet.” As of now, if everything goes as per plan, the film is expected to go on the floors around mid-June this year. And is Amitabh Bachchan also in talks for a part? “Yes, we are talking to Mr Bachchan, but his casting is yet to be confirmed,” clarifies Ravikumar, who in the past has directed Kamal Haasan’s Dasavathaaram (2008) and will helm Rajinikanth’s Rana, when it returns to the floors.
The rumour mills
December 24, 2011: Dutt is on a three-month training program to prepare himself for the role of a super cop for the Saamy remake
December 26, 2011: The film is titled Thanedaar Returns and music composer Anirudh of Kolaveri di fame is likely to work on it
January 18, 2012: The Saamy remake falls through, after Dutt pulls out due to some rights issues; returns signing amount of Rs. 2 cr
February 2, 2012: Director KS Ravikumar starts work on completely new story for a film that’s not based on Saamy
February 11, 2012: Makers work on an “original subject” and not a remake of one of Ravikumar’s Tamil hits