Not very long ago, media was abuzz with reports about Mani Ratnam roping in Ranbir Kapoor for Raavana. As we discovered, that wasnâ€™t happening.
But now, after three projects with Abhishek Bachchan, Mani is all set to direct Ranbir. Rensil Dâ€™Silva has penned a film about an upwardly-mobile young Indianâ€™s search for his bearings in London. And it will be this young man that Ranbir will play.
To be shot entirely in London, the currently untitled film is about the cultural and emotional confusion Ranbirâ€™s NRI character will face.
Says Rensil, who has also written Raavana for Mani, â€œThis is the third film Iâ€™ve written for Mani. The other was Lajjo (the Aamir Khan-Kareena Kapoor project thatâ€™s been sidelined for now).
Ranbir was one of the names short-listed for the film, and yes, I think heâ€™s on.â€ This is Maniâ€™s first shoot outside India, will go on the floors sometime in the middle of 2009.
With Raavana nearing completion, Rensil is quite excited. â€œMani is a great visionary and itâ€™s always a pleasure to work with him. When I did Raavana the whole idea was to flip the moral issue.
To see Raavana not as the traditional mythological villain of the Ramayana, but as a scholarly and sensitive, yet a wounded individual.â€
We ask Rensil if heâ€™s expecting a backlash from the audience for such a revolutionary interpretation of the greatest villain of all times.
He answers, â€œWhen I wrote Rang De Basanti, I was told the idea was too revolutionary. But it worked, didnâ€™t it? I strongly believe we need to push the envelope.â€