The grapevine is abuzz with the speculation that Vishal Bhardwaj has dropped the Vivek Oberoi-Aishwarya Rai starrer TIMBAKTU. Reason: KYUN! HO GAYA NA Vishal had already had a series of meetings with Vivek and Ash to enact the principal roles in the film. They've expressed a keen desire to act in the film. However, the modalities are being worked out, Vishal had told this writer in January this year. But the frosty response to KYUN! HO GAYA NA changed everything. The project [TIMBAKTU] doesn't look viable anymore, is what the industry watchers feel. It's true that I've put TIMBAKTU on the backburner for the time being, Vishal clarifies, I'd cite two reasons for it. One, I am currently filming my new film BLUE UMBRELLA. Till its shooting gets completed, I cannot think of starting another film. And two, the script of TIMBAKTU didn't shape up to my expectations. Let me add, the failure of K.H.G.N. has nothing to do with it. The music director turned film maker explains, It's no point going ahead with a film if you aren't thoroughly satisfied with its script. I did inform Vivek and Ash that I am re-working on the script and once it gets ready, I'd give them a narration. If the subject continues to excite them then, we'd take it up from there. Otherwise, I would approach someone else. Vishal continues in the same breath, After Abbas Tyrewala completed the script, I gave a narration to Pankaj Kapoor [he enacts one of the key roles in TIMBAKTU], who pointed out certain discrepancies in the screenplay. However, Abbas had a different point of view, so I decided to rope in Robin Bhatt to re-work on the script. As things stand today, we've yet to complete the scripting of the film. There's talk that Vishal has dropped the project altogether. Not at all! I would go ahead with it once I am through with BLUE UMBRELLA. I've already acquired the filming rights, so why should I withdraw? No way, he sounds firm. TIMBAKTU is based on a novel ['Pas de Quatre'], penned by Australian writer I.A.R. Wylie.
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