The film is called TIGER IN THE WOODS. No, it has nothing to do with Tiger Woods. Nor is it a documentary on the wild life. Thats the title of Akashdeeps new film, which takes a look at the cultural differences between those living in U.K. and India. Sounds familiar? Havent we seen something similar in THE NAMESAKE and to an extent, NAMASTEY LONDON?
Akashdeep, who has directed MISS 420 [Baba Sehgal, Sheeba] and GHAATH [Manoj Bajpai, Tabu] in the past, doesnt think so. I watched THE NAMESAKE to check if the stories were similar, but they arent. In THE NAMESAKE, the families already reside in the U.S., but in TIGER IN THE WOODS, the parents travel from Bhatinda in India to London and meet their son after a gap of thirteen years, Akash informs me.
Please elaborate. TIGER IN THE WOODS tells the journey of a guy who goes to London, marries an Indian born-and-settled girl there and calls his parents to live with him. The cultural differences that ensue form the premise of the film. Both the parties -- the parents and the daughter-in-law and her parents -- are right in their stance. How they bridge the gap forms the crux of the story. Theres a strong bond between the parents and their son in my film, Akash reveals.
Produced by Akashdeep and Kumar Mohan jointly, TIGER IN THE WOODS will be shot for 15 days in Punjab and another 25 days in U.K. Hopefully, we plan to start filming by 16th July, he states. Whats the cast like? For the parents role, weve finalized Anupam Kher and Dimple Kapadia already. Were in talks with various actors for the other crucial roles, he adds.
Meanwhile, Akash and Kumar have signed choreographer Saroj Khan to direct a film called SATI A BURNING DESIRE TO LIVE. Theres talk that the producers are toying with the idea of signing Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra for the three principal roles.
We havent approached Ash, but we may approach Sushmita and Priyanka. Makrand Deshpande, whos writing the script, is working on the third draft currently. Well approach the stars once were through with the writing, Akash reveals.
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