“After CityLights, we have decided that Hansal is the right person to remake Saaransh,” confirmed Pooja Bhatt. Mehta will direct a remake of the 1984 social drama, which will be co-produced by him and Pooja.
“Hansal has always said that Saaransh has been a guiding star in his journey. In fact, he tried making a film like Saaransh in his younger days but did not succeed. I think he will do justice to my film,” says Mahesh Bhatt. Mehta’s protege Rajkummar Rao is the leading contender to play B V Pradhan, the retired headmaster played by Anupam Kher in the original.
The 1984 film was about an elderly Maharashtrian couple struggling to cope with the death of their only son in a mugging incident in New York. Kher was only 28 when he played the senior citizen and Pooja maintains that a young actor can step into his shoes. “I don’t need a senior actor this time too. Moreover Hansal and Rajkummar are on a roll right now,” says Pooja. Saaransh was chosen as India’s official entry for the 1985 Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.