Indo-Pak cultural ties never had it so goodat least on this side of the border. Pakistan’s well-known comic talent Omar Sharif is now directing a love story entitled Tum Mere Ho for Chicago-based producer Masood Ali.
But it’s Suneil Shetty who intends to make the best of the Omar factor in Bollywood. Suneil has invited the comic virtuoso to write the screenplay for a wacky Bollywood comic thriller.
“We haven’t given it a title. But what Omar Bhai has come up with isn’t short of brilliant. It’s brilliant and it’s sassy. Yusuf Khan whom I launched as a director in Khel, will direct me in Omar Bhai’s film later this year,” enthuses Suneil on a rare trip to Mumbai from Amby Valley where he’s currently stationed shooting for his big reality show The Biggest Loser.
Would there be a problem getting our Pakistani visitor into India? “Not at all,” says Suneil. “We’ve never had a problem with guests from any part of the world. In fact some of these mehmaan from across the border have come to India and found great success. Omar Bhai won’t just write this film, he’ll be supervising the scenario, dialogues, scenes”
Suniel is greatly enthused by the project. “We plan to shoot the film abroad. It could be Malaysia or Bali,” promises Suniel. As for his director, “I’ve great faith in Yusuf. And so what if Khel didn’t work? Together with Omar Bhai I’m sure we’ll create a dhamaka.”