Milan Luthria has announced plans for a film with Saif Ali Khan that would go on floors once he is through shooting Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. However does that also more than just hint that Sanjay Dutt's dream project Bihaad has finally been shelved? If the latest developments are any indication, it could well be the case, what with another filmmaker finishing a film by the same title and getting it readied for release.
"It was over five years ago when Sanjay Dutt had expressed his interest in making Bihaad. The film was supposed to be directed by Milan Luthria and also mark the revival of Late Sunil Dutt's banner Ajanta Arts. However, it could never go on floors even though the actor-director had worked together in Deewar - Let's Bring Our Heroes Home", informs a source.
At that time, even Ajay Devgn and Vidya Balan were signed for the film. Milan had formed a good partnership with Ajay after Kachche Dhaage & Chori Chori and though they went on to do Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai together, Bihaad, which was supposed to be shot in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, could never kick off.
"Every two years, there were on and off talks of the film being revived but none of that could materialise. Milan roped in Vidya for The Dirty Picture instead and created history. However, no one heard of Bihaad again", the source continues; "Now with a film with the same title being released, it is apparent that the dream project has been shelved. Moreover Milan too has moved on to his next two projects which means he would be occupied till 2013 at the least. It's a pity because Sanjay had a dream role in this film which was supposed to portray him in yet another realistic set up after Vaastav."
One wonders how realistic would Krishna Mishra directed Bihaad be which has just been unveiled.
"Well, it would be as realistic as it gets since it has a real life 'daaku' (Maan Singh) being cast as himself", says a source attached to the film, "Our film is based on the life of Nirbhay Singh Gujjar. We also have a character who plays the role of Phoolan Devi in the film."
Guess one would have to wait for a newer set up now if Milan, Sanju, Ajay and Vidya were to unite again.