Dil Chahta Hai meets Lagaan: Farhan Akhtar to star in Ashutosh Gowariker's next?
Farhan Akhtar and Ashutosh Gowariker bonded over negotiating Aamir Khan's dates during 2000 on the eve of the release of Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai.
Farhan Akhtar appeared in two films last year - Bijoy Nambiar's thriller Wazir and Shujat Saudagar's musical Rock On 2, but both failed to have a successful run at the box office. Thus, there were rumours doing the rounds that he may shift his focus back to direction with the third installment of his action thriller Don franchise.
However, Hindustan Times reports that the actor-cum-filmmaker has signed Ashutosh Gowariker's next. The yet untitled film will not be a period drama like some of Gowariker's past successes including the 2001 film Lagaan, the 2008 romantic drama Jodhaa Akbar, the 2010 action adventure Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and most recently Mohenjo Daro from last year.
In fact, the same report states that the Gowariker is taking a detour from his signature brand of cinema and exploring a new territory of a stylised contemporary action-driven film which will be majorly shot in parts of Europe. The film is expected to go on floors this year.
The two filmmaker have been in the talks for the past couple of months.
DNA reports that they got introduced to each other back in 2000 when they were shooting for their respective landmark films - Gowariker's Lagaan and Akhtar's buddy film Dil Chahta Hai. Since both films had Aamir Khan in common, the two directors had to coordinate with each other in order to negotiate the dates of the superstar.
Akhtar is currently shooting for Ranjit Tiwari's Lucknow Central opposite Diana Penty which is slated to release on 15 September. Gowariker, who has put direction on hold for a year now, returned to acting in Rajesh Mapuskar Marathi comedy from last year, Ventilator.
Now, he will go behind the camera yet again to direct a fellow filmmaker who, along with him, changed the face of Hindi cinema at the dawn of the new millennium.
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