Shahid-Vishal Bhardwaj: Burying the hatchet!

By HT

Mumbai, July 4 -- They last teamed up for the critically acclaimed Kaminey in 2009. Soon after, reports of a rift between Shahid Kapoor and filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj did the rounds. Apparently, they had a major tiff (and reportedly even came close to blows) and weren't on talking terms for quite a while. But now, the news is that the two are set to work together again for a film starting around October.

"They will start work on their next film towards the end of 2013. Shahid and Bhardwaj are still in discussion over two scripts - Kaminey 2 and a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. They will start work on whichever script works out first. Bhardwaj is keen on the latter, but we don't know which one will make the cut," says an industry insider. "They have met quite a few times to discuss the story and other details. In a few days' time, they will take a call on which film to go ahead with," adds the insider.

Bhardwaj has always shared a warm equation with Shahid's father Pankaj Kapur, who also starred in the filmmaker's last film, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, besides The Blue Umbrella (2005) and Maqbool (2003). "Shahid and Vishal respect each other a lot. They are now working together again since they feel the script is right for them," adds the insider.

Interestingly, the industry is also abuzz with speculations about whether Bhardwaj will adapt Hamlet to complete his Shakespeare trilogy (after Maqbool and Omkara; 2006). We tried contacting the duo, but Shahid, who is on his way to attend an awards function in Macau, couldn't be reached for a comment. Bhardwaj didn't take our calls.

TOO MANY HAMLETS

If Bhardwaj takes up the adaptation of Hamlet, he'll join: ONIR: The My Brother Nikhil (2005) maker is also working on an adaptation of the same story. Apparently, he will set his version in the corporate world of present-day London and Lucknow. TIGMANSHU DHULIA: The National Award-winning director will start working on an adaptation after wrapping up Bullett Raja and Milan Talkies. SUDHIR MISHRA: A while ago, reports suggested that Mishra wanted to merge Hamlet with Devdas. But there has been no news since.

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