Coming Soon: Rajesh Khanna’s last film – Riyasat
The superstar had started shooting for Riyasat around a year back. Only 55 per cent of the film is done, but producers keen to release it
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 20, 2012)
The show isn’t over yet. Superstar Rajesh Khanna will be back on the silver screen one more time in a film titled Riyasat that he had been quietly shooting for. Interestingly, the film will hit the theatres a day before Khanna’s birthday on December 29.
Though portions of the venture produced and directed by Ashok Tyagi remains incomplete, the filmmaker has decided to go ahead and release it.
When contacted, Tyagi told Mirror, “I wouldn’t say Mr Khanna left my film incomplete. He shot most portions, the ones I wanted. But yes, we were tempted to shoot more. And if his health permitted, we would surely have shot all of it. However, the audience won’t realise that portions are missing.”
Though the leftover portions don’t bother Tyagi, he has come across another problem. “I will need a dubbing artiste for Mr Khanna’s portions. Few can replicate his inimitable style. But I remember when Sanjeev Kumar passed away before Qatl hit the theatres, Sudesh Bhonsle dubbed for the actor. Sudesh is definitely the best we have, when we need anybody’s voice. So I shall approach him, or maybe someone else. But I am definitely bringing Mr Khanna’s last work to the big screen for his fans,” said the director.
Khanna started shooting for the film where he plays an ageing don, about a year back. The last time he shot for it was around five and a half months ago in Madh Island. But then, his condition started deteriorating.
Raza Murad, also a part of the film’s cast, told us, “I am fortunate to have been around Mr Khanna during the making of Riyasat. The film is under production and I am happy Tyagi is trying his best to ensure that the film isn’t shelved. It is very sweet on his part.”
Trying his best to finish his project and release it a day before Khanna’s birthday, Tyagi claimed, “He was family to me.”
The film also stars Gauri Kulkarni (of Frozen fame), Aryan Vaid and Aryeman Ramsay.