If all goes well, Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor could be seen together in Russian producer Alexey Petruhin’s ambitious project titled VIY: Journey To India. Confirming that both actors have been approached by him for the project, Alexey told indianexpress.com, “We have approached SRK to be the lead actor and also the co-producer of the film. We are awaiting confirmation from him. The another actor we have approached is Ranbir Kapoor. We want to bring SRK and Ranbir together.”
VIY: Journey to India will be the third installment of the VIY franchise. The second installment titled VIY 2: Journey to China has Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger co-starring in it. Talking about the film, Alexey said, “Journey to India is about bringing Russia and India together. It’s a big movie and the budget will be around 40 million US dollars. Elaborating on why he wants SRK in his film, the producer said, “We were looking for an actor who is like a leader in this industry with his own production house. Like from China, we signed Jackie Chan who is also a producer. So we have approached SRK and I am sure he will be interested in this type of project because it has world-class appeal and the film will be released all over the world.”
The film is described by Alexey as a mystic adventure thriller and he has plans to shoot it on locations in India and some parts of China. If SRK does say yes to the film, this will be the superstar’s first major international project. Also, it would be interesting to see if Khan will join hands with Ranbir Kapoor for this movie. And if that happens, it will be a casting coup.
Alexey is currently in town to attend the Russian Film Festival that opened at the Royal Opera House yesterday evening. Talking about the impact of Russian cinema in India, Alexey said, “The scope of Russian films in India and Indian films in Russia is still not there. I have watched a lot of Indian movies. And that is why we have decided to do this joint collaboration between India and Russia in the form of VIY: Journey to India.”