Mumbai: Saif Ali Khan has his hands full this year, and with more offers coming his way, this could be ‘the’ year for Chhote Nawab. After the lukewarm response to ‘Rangoon’, the National Award winner is now gearing up for two big releases- Chef and Kala Kandi- and shooting for Nikkhil Advani’s ‘Baazaar’. But rumour mills are abuzz with news of him signing a third Nikkhil Advani film on the controversial Batla House encounter.
A source informed an entertainment website that Nikkhil wanted an older, seasoned actor for the part of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and Saif seems to fit the bill. “Nikkhil wanted an older, experienced actor to play the role of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma. He has already bounced the idea to Saif and he has liked it,” said the source.
Surprisingly, Saif has also confirmed the news of them (Nikkhil and he) talking about collaborating on this project. He reportedly said, “We haven’t signed anything yet. We are talking about it. But I’m still sinking into ‘Baazaar’. Once I get comfortable, we will start talking about it.”
The duo first worked together in 2003 blockbuster ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’.
Nikkhil, who was supposed to make a film on Operation Blue Star, has shelved the project as he was told that he would not be able to live in the country after making that film. “‘Operation Blue Star’ is something I had thought of doing but every single person I know from Punjab told me you'll never be able to live in this country again, you can't do that film, don't even think about it,” the director told PTI in a recent interview.
Talking about his next movie on Batla House encounter, the director had said, “I am doing a film on Batla House next, it's a very controversial subject. Were the five boys inside the building really terrorists or were they students? Was the encounter real or fake? We are hoping to answer these questions in the movie. We want to make films that are very relevant and topical.”...