Looks like the debacle of his dud film Mausam is still dogging Shahid Kapoor. Insiders say Sasha’s dad, Pankaj Kapur had been trying to acquire the remake rights of the South film, Arya 2, soon after the release of his son’s Sonam Kapoor co-starrer. However, buzz is that given the dismal performance of Mausam at the box office, the Kapurs were forced to let go of the deal.
If rumours are to be believed, the same remake may now star Girish Kumar in the lead, with insiders saying that daddy Kumar Taurani has bid for the project and is rather keen on helming the film.
While Arya 2 managed to create waves in the South film industry, the film’s track Ringa Ringa made its way to the music charts, as well as in Salman Khan’s Ready as Dhinka Chika.
Says an insider, “The director of Arya 2, Sukumar was interested to remake the film with Shahid. Talks were held twice with two different production houses. However, soon after Mausam tanked, the deal fell apart.”
Earlier this year, the Tauranis initiated talks to acquire the rights and the deal will be finalised soon. Sukumar is currently busy with his next film, starring Mahesh Babu.
While Pankaj Kapur rubbished the buzz, Kumar Taurani said, “Nothing has been finalised.” The Tauranis already hold the remake rights of Arya 1.
Shahid’s spokesperson denies knowledge of the actor ever expressing interest in the project. “In fact, everyone was surprised as there has been no discussion on this project as far as we know,” she adds.