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Rumi Jaffery roped in to direct Shaukeen remake

How Shaukeen moved from Basu Chatterjee to Rohit Roy to Jaffery.

Written by Geety Sahgal | Mumbai | Published: May 17, 2013 7:03:30 pm

Last year,actor Rohit Roy was all set to make his directorial debut with the remake of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 flick Shaukeen,a comedy about three lecherous old men lusting after a beautiful young girl. To be produced under Bunty Behl’s banner,Carving Dreams which had obtained the remake rights from Chatterjee.

However,Roy and Behl were shocked when they received a notice from Eagle Home Entertainment,claiming that their company had all the rights of the film,including the negatives and the remake. “I had been working on the script of the film since February last year and was all set to direct it,but when the controversy about the rights started,Bunty and I gave an NOC to Aditya Bhatia,producer at Eagle Home Entertainment Film Division,disclaiming any rights,” said Roy about the change of hands.

After Eagle got the NOCs,they sold the rights of the film to Cinekorn Productions Private Ltd. a company that has been in the media and content business for a decade and produced television shows like Piya Ka Ghar and Haunted Nights under their banner,Entertainment Hub.”

“Actually Basu had sold all the rights to my company early in 2008 and later he gave the remake rights to Bunty. I guess,he was not aware that when he sold the rights to my company it included the remake rights too. When I heard that Rohit and Bunty were going to remake the film,I did inform them about the rights being with me and later sent them a legal notice for the same. After I got NOCs from Basu,I sold the rights to Cinekorn. I still have all the other rights of the film including satellite telecast,” said Bhatia.

Shaukeen is Cinekorn’s first feature film and they have got Rumi Jaffery on board to write and direct the adaptation. The cast includes Anupam Kher,Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor. “The story will travel from Mumbai to Thailand where these old men go to have some fun. I have not really demarcated which actor will play Ashok Kumar,A.K. Hangal or Utpal Dutt’s role,but just depicted them as three old men from today’s times. The girl they lust after is still being finalised,” said Jaffery,adding that the film will go on the floors in July.

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