Upcoming biopics: Status update!

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Mumbai, Aug. 26 -- Film-makers have routinely announced biopics over the years, but while some have hit the screens, others are yet to take off. The latest news is that Neeraj Pandey's biopic on cricketer MS Dhoni, which was to star Sushant Singh Rajput, has been put on hold.

It's believed that the Indian captain had given his consent, but his reported demand of '45 crore has deterred the makers. Similarly, Anurag Basu's Kishore Kumar biopic is struggling with the required permissions, despite being announced way back in 2012. Ranbir Kapoor, who is slated to play the legendary singer, says, "To make a film on a legend like Kishore Kumar, to capture his madness and the genius that he was, is a hard task. Unless we get a script that does complete justice to his life, I think it's a little unfair to him and to the audience."

Basu is also yet to get a nod of approval from mathematician Anand Kumar, whose life he is keen to make a film on. The film-maker recently told us, "We're in talks with him. We discussed how we are planning to go about it but he hasn't given a written permission."

Another biopic that is yet to go on floors is Rajiv Menon's film on late singer MS Subbulakshmi, starring Vidya Balan. There's a stay order on the project as south film-maker Dr MP Somaprasad, who was originally set to produce it, learned that Menon was going ahead with the film without involving him. The actor earlier told us, "I'm hoping it still happens. There has been some legal tussle, as you must have heard."