In a casting coup of sorts, debutante director Sethu Sriram has managed to bring Abhay Deol and Manjot Singh together after their successful venture OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE which released in 2008.
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Abhay Deol is on a roll. While it’s been speculated that Abhay Deol will feature in the first Indo-China co production GOLD STRUCK, it’s been confirmed that the star has signed a thriller as the lead which will go on floors early next month. The film has been titled SNAFU. SNAFU is term that has originated in the army, it means Situations Normal All F*****d Up. While Manjot was last seen in FUKREY and WHAT THE FISH playing a Sardar.
In OYE LUCKY LUCKY OYE, Manjot and Abhay essay the same character, Manjot being the younger Lucky and Abhay as the grown up one. SNAFU will see them together as parallel leads.
The film will be majorly shot in Pune and parts in Bombay. Sethu Sriram will make his directorial debut in Bollywood, having shot topline projects such as WANTED, SHAKTI, TERE NAAM, TEREE SANG, MILENGE MILENGE, OMG and DUSSHERA as DoP. Sriram has also directed a Kannada film titled GODFATHER.
Abhay will be essaying the character of Kabir Taneja, a young highflying corporate consultant in Mumbai mediating mega deals with most men with Big money and Manjot essays the character of Sunny Singh a meek and submissive slum dweller. SNAFU is a thriller around commonplace situations as the title suggests; its intense mind games.
The film also boasts of an ensemble cast which supports the plot. The casting of the film is still in progress. Pune based Dolly Gadhoke is the producer of the film. SNAFU will also see the launch of the production house Tanaria Stars.
Talking about the development Sriram said, “Yes Abhay and Manjot have been signed on for my project. Both the characters are absolute contrasts and I wanted strong actors to shoulder these two roles. Both Abhay and Manjot have very different styles and it will be great to see them paired up on screen. We have had reading sessions with both of them and we are all geared up to roll.”
Shoot of SNAFU begins in Pune in the first week of July.