Meanwhile, his directorial venture on speed skating, Hawaa Hawaai is in post-production
By Geety Sahgal
Amole Gupte who showed his acting prowess in Kaminey and Stanley Ka Dabba has now been singled out by director Rohit Shetty to play a villain in Singham 2, that will take off in March this year. Understandably the actor-director is excited about his new role in the sequel to the super-hit Singham. His prep to play the villain includes bulking up. “I have to look all big and mean, but that is all I can reveal about my part as of now,” said Gupte.
Meanwhile, Hawaa Hawaai a film on speed skating is in post-production. The idea to make a film on the subject germinated when he would accompany his son Partho for skating classes. “I have not focussed on any single aspect of the sport. The story has several layers and I have a lot of state level skating champions in the film. It deals with dreams and speed as a metaphor,” said Gupte about Hawaa Hawaai which has Saquib Saleem as the protagonist.
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Manoj Bajpayee approached for Company Ustad
The film is a biopic on Mahendra Mishra, a folk singer and freedom fighter from the 1920s
Manoj Bajpayee has been approached by Nitin Chandra, (actress Neetu Chandra’s brother and director of Desava, the hit Bhojpuri film) to play the protagonist in Company Ustad. “I have read the story and it’s fantastic. But I have suggested a few changes to Nitin and asked him to get a few more creative persons on board. Once the script is ready, things will fall into place,” said Bajpayee.
Company Ustad, according to Chandra, is the true story of Mahendra Mishra, a folk singer and freedom fighter who lived in the 1920s. “But he was not the one who fought with arms and ammunition. He surreptitiously procured a money printing machine from Kolkata and would print jali (fake) notes. It’s a very exciting crime thriller based on a real story. I have also approached Naseeruddin Shah to play Mukhtar Sahay, a feudal lord of that time,” says Chandra who has earlier assisted Dibakar Banerjee and Tanuja Chandra.