Sanjay Gupta to direct a woman centric film for Hollywood

Sanjay Gupta, who was already juggling two films, Mumbai Saga and Khotey Sikkey, has to clear his schedule for a third. And the offer has come from LA. A Hollywood production house has approached Gupta to direct an official remake of a hit foreign language film.

When contacted, Sanjay confirmed the news but refused to divulge the title of the original film or the name of his co-producer. “I am contractually bound to not reveal the details,” he said. “All I can tell you is that it is a thriller like many of my previous films. But while the others were male-centric, this one has a woman protagonist and two important male characters. These guys approached me after seeing my body of work.”

The film, to be co-produced by Sanjay, will be made in Hindi and English. While Gupta admitted that he might approach John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan or Shahid Kapoor for the two male characters as it would be a welcome change for them too to not play the leading man, he was tight lipped about which actress he has in mind for the central role. “It’ll be a star but not the ones you are expecting. I’ll spring a big surprise,” he promised.

When the offer came, he was in two minds about accepting it as he had planned to shoot his two big-budget multi-starrers back-to-back this year. But now, lured by the fabulous screenplay, he intends to push Khotey Sikkey and wrap this one in-between. “I’ll finish it in one 35-60 day schedule. The city is important; we can easily film it in Mumbai. In fact, after struggling with the Mumbai of the 80s and 90s in Mumbai Saga, I would be happy to shoot the city as it is today,” he said.

He went on to add, “It is a universal theme with a taut screenplay that can be easily adapted to the Indian scenario. It won’t take me long to write it. I just need to work on the dialogues. It’s such a thrill to be finally doing a woman centric subject in Hollywood.”

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