Big B-Naseer in a film?
Vivek Agnihotri pulls off a coup of sorts, with both acting titans apparently agreeing to do his new film
Finally, the two acting titans, Amitabh Bachchan and Naseeruddin Shah are all set to work together in a film. While they have not officially signed on the dotted line, Vivek Agnihotri is planning to bring them together in Twelve, his remake of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1957) that itself was based on a teleplay.
And that’s not all. Agnihotri is also keen to cast, along with Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani, Pankaj Kapur and Annu Kapoor. Reason being that the last two featured in Ek Ruka Hua Faisla, Basu Chatterjee’s adaptation of the film and the teleplay.
The filmmaker conceded that he had spoken to everyone from Big B and Naseer to Paresh and Boman. “It’s a brilliant story, the action of which takes place within the confines of a single room. It’s a classic play and every time it’s been made into a film, it has won laurels,” says Agnihotri. However, the director is not going to start work on the film soon. As he reveals, “In fact, I’m planning to make another script. I’ll start Twelve sometime end of this year.”
Ashutosh returns to acting
Interestingly, the film also marks the return of Ashutosh Gowariker to acting. He had earlier starred in Kundan Shah’s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993). And the last time he faced the camera was in the detective series CID (1998-99). Agnihotri says, “With age and experience, I’m sure he’ll be a treat to watch.”