April 23, 2011 12:55:45 PM IST John Edwards, IBNS, Glamsham Editorial
Zayed Khan may have dropped plans to make his much talked about WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE with Hrithik Roshan. However he would now be making an altogether different film which has a contemporary setting to it and, in his own words, is a 'coming of age' story. The film would have sports as its theme and would go on floors later this year.
"This film would be a whole new ballgame for us. No pun intended", chuckles Zayed who is currently making another film for his production house - LOVE, BREAKUPS, ZINDAGI, "It would be a sports based film and something which would be totally new. It is wonderful to interact with my dad on this film because despite the generation gap, he is so clued into today's times. He knows what we are talking about and in fact gives suggestions to make the film even more progressive."
FARUK KABIR and ZAYED KHAN
The film would also mark the return of Sanjay Khan as a producer after a quarter of a century. His last production was KALA DHANDHA GOREY LOG which had released way back in 1986. Faruk Kabir (of ALLAH KE BANDAY fame) would be at the helm of direction.
"Faruk being from the same age group as mine is pretty refreshing actually since his thinking his so out of the box," gushes Zayed, "I like his vision around presenting stories differently. Look at ALLAH KE BANDAY; he refrained from treating it as just another gangster film since that genre has been done to death. Faruk is someone fresh, new and hungry for his work to be seen. He has got it in him to do the job right."
While Zayed is not willing to reveal the title of the film yet, he does mention that a formal announcement would be made soon that would reveal the rest of the cast including the leading ladies. "Rest assured, this is one sports based story that you have never heard before", he says.
Considering the fact that LAGAAN and CHAK DE INDIA have set huge standards for sports based films, Zayed indeed has some huge benchmarks to be met here.