KERALA

Bollywood dreams of Rosshan

Rosshan Andrrews  



Priyadarshan is one of the hottest directors in Bollywood today. He was the first director from Malayalam cinema to make it big in Mumbai. Of late, Sangeeth Sivan, who had made Mohanlal-starrers such as `Yodha' and `Nirnayam', has also made his mark in the mainstream Bollywood with two consecutive hit comedies - `Kya Kool Hai Hum' and `Apna Sapna Money Money,' which is still being shown in the multiplexes of Mumbai. Hoping to join the bandwagon of the successful Malayali directors in Bollywood is Rosshan Andrrews.

The young filmmaker whose first film `Udayanu Tharam' had won over both the critics and the fans is getting ready to begin shooting his first movie in Hindi. It is a remake of `Udayananu Tharam'.

"We will begin shooting early next year," says Rosshan.

Anil Kapoor will play the title role made memorable by Mohanlal, while Arshad Warsi will take over from Sreenivasan. Anil is also the producer.

"When he called me up after seeing `Udayan... ' at a cinema in Malad in Mumbai, I thought somebody was trying to pull my leg," chuckles Rosshan. "It was director Govind Menon who had asked Anil to see my film."

"Though I have retained the plot and the main characters of `Udayan... ' there will be a lot of changes in the new film. In `Udayan... ' I had focussed on some of the contemporary issues in the Malayalam industry and caricatured some of our film personalities. The Hindi version will feature idiosyncrasies of some of the stars there."

The screenplay is by Aneez Bazmee while Sunil Patel will crank the camera. Shankar-Ehsan-Loy is doing the music. "We have already recorded a song," says Rosshan.

Besides Anil and Arshad, the film stars some talented actors who have excelled at comedy - Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani and Satish Kaushik. "We haven't finalised the heroine yet, though it could be Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra or Katrina Kaif."

His much-awaited second film, `Notebook,' featuring a crop of new faces, will hit cinemas on December 21. "I am confident about the film," he says.