Hrithik Roshan starrer Welcome To The Jungle has been shelved. Announced close to a couple of years back, the film was supposed to feature Hrithik in the role of a wildlife explorer. However the film is now no more happening and the reason cited for that is change in market dynamics over a period of time which has impacted the feasibility of bringing it on floors.
“The film was special as it was a family reunion of sorts for Hrithik as well as Zayed Khan and Sanjay Khan (as the producer)”, informs a source attached to the film, “Even though Hrithik hadn’t signed on the dotted line, his personal relationship with Khans meant that there was no doubt around him featuring in the film.”
In fact there was quite some noise made in 2009 around the film and Zayed was also supposed to act alongside Hrithik in this adventure tale. Also, Hrithik was taking personal interest in shaping his body differently for the film since due to its jungle setting; he was supposed to be seen mainly in shorts instead of designer clothes.
However, as things stand today, everyone connected with the project has moved on and picked up different assignments. Faruk Kabir, who was supposed to direct the film, made his debut with critically acclaimed Allah Ke Banday last year and is already working on another script. On the other hand, Zayed and Sanjay are working on an altogether different sports based subject. As for Hrithik, he is busy with his Agneepath remake.
“That’s right, we have kept Welcome To The Jungle on a backburner”, confirms Zayed, “It was a very big budgeted film and we had announced it in the time when 100 crores budget was a norm for any film. Guess what, sometimes even this sum looked small (chuckles). Today when the market is barely managing to revive itself, it made sense to keep things on hold for a whole before proceeding with such a budget.”
Glad to see someone being honest out there!