With the director Sourabh Narang of Rajeev Khandelwal's next project falling seriously ill, the actor has now gone to another project entitled Joker which starts shooting on 20th January. To be directed by Kumar Gaurav's cousin Vikram Tuli, the film, the story of a father and his young son was earlier supposed to be made with Javed Jafrey in the lead. Sportingly Rajeev admits the role was earlier offered to Javed. "Joker has gone through many changes. I'm aware Javed Jafrey was offered the role."
Earlier when Javed was doing it, the son was to be 7-year old. With Rajeev in the cast the son's age is now 4.
The film to be shot at a stretch from 20th January to 20th February in New Zealand will star Rajeev with Prachi Desai playing his leading lady. Rajeev begins this film in lieu of Sourabh Narang's Return Gift which has now got indefinitely postponed until the director recovers.
There's just one hitch. The title Joker belongs to Shirish Kunder who is all set to start a film by that name. The makers of the Khandelwal film were hoping to get the title from Shirish. But with Shirish apparently ready to make a film of that title, Rajeev says their project will have to seek another title.
"We don't know what to call it because Joker was the most suitable title," Rajeev says helplessly, hoping for the ailing director of Return Gift to recover shortly. "Sourabh was about to start his film when this happened. We're all waiting for him to be well enough to start the film."