Randeep Hooda’s long-forgotten film directed and produced by Ketan Mehta is likely to see light of day finally. The 2008 costume drama based on the life of the 19th century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma has Nandana Sen as his co-star. Though the movie was completed and also screened at some film festivals, it did not find any distributors for release.
Two years ago there was buzz that a distributor had been found but nothing moved on the front. There were apparently some issues due to some sensuous scenes between Randeep and Nandana. Says a source, “Now that Randeep’s last few releases like Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and, Jannat 2 fetched him rave reviews the makers have decided to give the film another shot and release it. Randeep also has Madhur Bhandarkar’s upcoming film with Kareena Kapoor. The producers feel now is the best time to renew the release plans.”
Producer/director Ketan Mehta admits, “The film has been stuck. There were certain issues but we have now taken over the project and will release it soon.” He adds, “I am aware that Randeep is hot property now, so the faster we release it, the better!”