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Impatient to get Dharma Productions on his resume, Shahid Kapoor convinces UTV to rope in a co-producer
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 21, 2012)
Opportunity knocks at your door just once, they say. However, for Shahid Kapoor, a chance to work with Dharma Productions has presented itself not once but thrice. The actor, who couldn’t work in Karan Johar’s Kaal in 2005 had to wait seven years to be offered another film from the production house. Sadly, due to date issues, the actor had to opt out of the Punit Malhotra directorial as well. Shahid had then said, “I hope it doesn’t take us another seven years to work again.” And thankfully, his wish has just come true albeit with a little prodding by the actor himself.
Mumbai Mirror has learnt that Shahid, after KJo’s production fell through, was approached by Siddharth Roy Kapoor for the Hindi remake of the Tamil blockbuster Vettai. Seizing this opportunity, the actor asked the UTV head to get Karan Johar to coproduce the venture, which will finally add the much-coveted ‘Dharma film’ to his resume.
This managed to magically fix Karan Johar’s problems – Firstly, the filmmaker without having to upset his other productions or Punit Malhotra got a project with Shahid. Also, he got a big film like Vettai in his kitty without having to fight for its remake rights (since Siddharth Roy Kapoor already had it in place). And lastly, he did not have to make Shahid wait for another seven years. Perhaps for the first time, tinsel town’s very own peacemaker and problem solver got his dilemma sorted.
Though Karan and UTV remained unavailable for comment, a source close to the latter production house told us that the necessary paperwork still remains to be done.
Our source also revealed that UTV will handle the entire production of the film and Dharma will not really be involved in the execution. The film will be directed by N Linguswamy, who had made the original. Apart from Shahid, R Madhavan will also be a part of the venture.