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Last Updated 14.10.2019 | 10:50 PM IST



Big hope by the four ‘Saviours’

It’s a casting coup! Vinod Khanna and Jaya Bachchan will head the cast of A.B. Corporation Ltd.’s new project, to be made in association with Spice Team Entertainment.

While A.B. Corporation Ltd. is currently producing FAMILY – TIES OF BLOOD [Amitabh, Akshay, Aryeman] in association with Keshu Ramsay, this new venture will be A.B.’s first joint venture with Vibha and Ragini of Spice, who had earlier produced KAUN HAI JO SAPNO MEIN AAYA and SHUKRIYA and have completed filming CHOCOLATE and AMAR JOSHI SHAHEED HO GAYA.

The ambitious venture — revolving around the mother-daughter relationship — will star Aishwarya Rai as Jaya Bachchan’s daughter, while Ajay Devgan will be seen as Ash’s beau in the film. Directed by Sharbani Deodhar [who had directed the Karisma Kapoor-Chandrachur Singh starrer SILSILA HAI PYAR KA], the film is expected to go on floors in September this year. It will be filmed in Mumbai and London.

What does raise eyebrows is the fact that Vinod Khanna has been teamed with Jaya Bachchan in this project, considering the fact that it happens to be Amitabh’s home-production. Why isn’t Big B enacting the role himself? Two reasons. In the story, Vinod and Jaya aren’t paired opposite each other [both are married to someone else]. Now, the moviegoers wouldn’t accept a real-life couple [Big B, Jaya] to act as strangers in the film. Besides, we wanted someone slightly younger looking than Amit-ji for the character and Vinod-ji fits the role to the T, Ragini of Spice Team enlightens me.

In fact, it was Big B’s suggestion that the makers cast another actor in the role. That’s how they zeroed on Vinod Khanna. Describing it as a family film, Ragini adds that the four characters [Vinod, Jaya, Ajay, Ash] have ample scope to display histrionics in the film. Bhawani Iyer [BLACK, MAIN AISA HI HOON] is scripting the venture.

The music composer hasn’t been finalized, but the producers are in negotiations with Preetam [DHOOM] as well as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and either of them would be signed eventually.

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