Very few filmmakers can attract audiences simply by name. Sooraj Barjatya is certainly one of the few in this regard. His films like Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) and Vivah (2006) were not only box office hits, but also worked extensively on television. His last director, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) got a mixed response but was a box office and satellite success. Therefore, the enthusiasm is huge not only among industry insiders but also among fans, as the veteran filmmaker is reportedly ready to start his next film, with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead.
A source reveals that the mega star can’t wait to shoot the film with enthusiasm. The source says: “This is the first time Amitabh Bachchan has teamed up with Sooraj Barjatya. When Sooraj ji came to tell Mr. Bachchan about the scenario, he was surprised. Sooraj ji has a very entertaining and dramatic style of film storytelling. It even hums the song and the background music to give the actor a full feel of the movie. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was naturally overwhelmed by this technique. Plus, he loved the script and was bowled over by its grounding and simplicity. He did not play such a role and worked in such a family artist for over a decade. Therefore, he immediately came on board.
Interestingly, Amitabh Bachchan made some adjustments in his busy schedule to accommodate Sooraj Barjatya’s next one in his schedule. The source continues: “The actor is currently filming for Help. Once he’s done working on Ajay Devgn’s thriller, he’ll move on to Sooraj Barjatya’s next film in February. It should be a 60 day schedule. It was only after completing this film that he would move on to Vikas Bahl’s film, which would have been titled Mortal. Besides Amitabh Bachchan, the film also stars Boman Irani. The rest of the casting process is in progress.
With this film, Amitabh Bachchan now has 6 films awaiting release. Two of his films that will soon find a release are Chehre and Jhund, which are both ready. He recently finished filming for sci-fi artist Ayan Mukerji Brahmastra. And in addition to Vikas Bahl’s upcoming film and Sooraj Barjatya’s film, he is also set to start shooting Nag Ashwin’s futuristic film soon, starring Prabhas and Deepika Padukone.
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