Has Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham’s great friendship come to an end? The two of them not only created a sterling magic in Madras Café, easily one of John’s best films, they also produced together Shoojit’s game-changing directorial debut Vicky Donor and had promised each other many promising joint ventures including a film based on a a true-life footballer titled 1911.
Five years back 1911 was to be made with Shoojit and John as co-producers and Ayushmann Khurrna in the lead. Khurrana had even roped in his brother Aparshakti (a national-level footballer) to be coached in football.
But now the long-in-the-pipeline project 1911 has finally been announced.And there is no Ayushmann , and no Shoojit in the project. Intead John will play the lead while his new favourite director Nikhil Advani who is also directing John in the 26/11 drama Batla House , will direct the football film.
A pity that the project has slipped out of Shoojit’s hands. A selfconfessed football enthusiast he vowed to cast only real-life footballers in the film.