Balki and Big B to team up again
Writer-director R Balki and Amitabh Bachchan, who earlier teamed up for movies like 'Cheeni Kum' and 'Paa', will again come together for a film that Balki is writing with the veteran actor in mind
"Once she (Balki's wife Gauri Shinde who is making 'English Vinglish') finishes then I will start directing. Of course, my next project is with Mr Bachchan. I am writing the film, hence can't talk about it," R Balki said.
Popularly known as Balki, R Balakrishnan wrote and directed off-beat movies with Bachchan. He made 'Cheeni Kum'(2007), a different kind of a romantic film, in which Tabu played a 34-year-old who falls in love with a 60-plus Bachchan.
In 'Paa' (2009), Bachchan played the role of a 13-year-old progeria (rare genetic condition) patient with his real life son Abhishek playing hin onscreen father. The film went on to win various awards including the coveted National award for Bachchan.
Balki's association with Bachchan goes a long way since he worked with the megastar in many of his ad films. Balki said that it was only after he had made some 10-14 ad films with Bachchan that he got the confidence to approach the actor for his own movie.
Meanwhile, Balki has written and produced wife Gauri Shinde's directorial debut film 'English Vinglish', in which noted actress Sridevi is making her comeback in Bollywood. 'English Vinglish' is a fun-filled slice-of-life movie exploring the impact of not knowing English language in everyday life.
"I am jealous of her (Gauri) as she got to work with Sridevi before me," Balki said. The film is set to release on September 21.