Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan is all set to appear in a sequel to his 2002 heist thriller Aankhen. Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film also featured Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Arjun Rampal and Sushmita Sen and it garnered appreciation for its edgy style and interesting plot. Sixteen years later, a sequel has been announced where Amitabh Bachchan will once again play the lead.
The forthcoming project will be co-produced by Eros International and Tarun Agarwal. As per the latest report on Mumbai Mirror, Amitabh Bachchan has signed the dotted lines for the film which will now be directed by Anees Bazmee. “Amit ji liked the script and has given his nod to the project. Anees has begun prep and will start shooting in 2019. The team is targeting an early 2020 release,” a source close to the development told the tabloid.
The makers of upcoming action thriller confirmed the news on its official Twitter handle. It reads, "Gear up for the new heist-thriller! @ErosIntlPlc & #TarunAgarwal to produce #Aankhen2 starring @SrBachchan. More big names to be announced soon in the ensemble cast, watch this space! Dir. by Anees Bazmee, film to go on floor in 2019 & release in January 2020"
Gear up for the new heist-thriller! @ErosIntlPlc & #TarunAgarwal to produce #Aankhen2 starring @SrBachchan. More big names to be announced soon in the ensemble cast, watch this space! Dir. by Anees Bazmee, film to go on floor in 2019 & release in January 2020 @ErosNow— Eros Now (@ErosNow) August 24, 2018
The two young talented actors are being considered for important roles opposite Big B. The makers are keen to have Sushant Singh Rajput and Vicky Kaushal on board, said the report. Since the story revolves around a casino in China, the makers are also considering global superstar Jackie Chan for the part. Chan was recently in India for the shoot of his comedy flick 'Kung Fu Yoga' (2016), which also featured Sonu Sood and Disha Patani.
Aankhen (2002) had an interesting narrative in which Big B played an antagonist who manipulates three blind men (Akshay, Paresh, Arjun) to pull off a bank robbery. It's going to be interesting to see whether the new film will follow the same template. As of now, we are excited about the official announcement for the rest of the star cast....