By Priyanka Bhadani
Film-maker Imtiaz Ali has set the ball rolling for his younger brother Sajid Ali, whose first directorial film — Banana — produced by John Abraham Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, will release by next year. The young director is now working on a film inspired by the Laila-Majnu folk-lore. It is being produced by Balaji Telefilms and Imtiaz Ali’s ex-wife Preety Ali.
Sajid, who is in the process of scripting the story, says that his elder brother had discussed this idea with him long ago. “Even before I had joined films, somebody else (Ravi Jadhav) was to direct it. However, because of various reasons, the film didn’t kick-off at that time,” says Sajid also adding that by the time the details of the film were finalised, he had shot a large part of Banana. “My brother and sister-in-law (Preety) watched few portions and liked it and the film came to me,” says Sajid.
On questioning if he is taking reference from any of the old films made or books written on the story, he says, “I am relying mostly on the folk-tale and trying to fit in my own take into it.”
Sajid says that since the script is still in the initial stages, the actors haven’t been finalised. “We will start the process of casting once the script is ready,” he says and adds that his elder brother is guiding him throughout the writing process. “What is worrying everybody is that I am taking so much time in writing it.”