Amitabh Bachchan’s Film With Sairat Director Shelved

The much-anticipated  collaboration between Amitabh Bachchan and the Sairat director Nagaraj Manjule has fallen through, reportedly  due to financial issues.

It was  in August 2017 that Mr B had said yes to Nagaraj,an unabashed Bachchan fan . The film entitled Jhund  was  about about Vijay Barse  who  more than  a decade ago, established  the Nagpur based NGO Slum Soccers which helps slum kids find their bearings through the game of football.

The Big B had begun brushing  up his football, a game he played  in  his college days. Jhund was  supposed to go on the floors in October 2017. However  five months have passed and there  is no sign of  the project  taking off.

A source  close  to  the project reveals, “The film’s financial dynamics were  just not working  out. And  the makers have  decided to call it off.”

Nagaraj had been writing Jhund  for  a good two years.

He had exicitedly declared,  “ I was researching on the subject for many years. I don’t mind spending time on my script. I spent  a good  8 years on the script of  Sairat.I wrote Jhund with only Bachchan Saab in mind.I’ve been his fan from childhood.  I grew up copying his clothes speech and mannerisms from Majboor and Deewaar. I’d go  to school with my shirt tied like Bachchan Saab inDeewaar and get severely reprimanded by my teachers. But the  punishment had no effect on me. I’d still do it.”

Nagaraj, a self-confessed Bachchan bhakt, says when he met the Bachchan he was  somehow able to control his adulation.  “I don’t know how but I managed to remain calm restrained and  dignified. I actually wanted to jump out of my seat and dance around him. But I narrated my script in an even tone. I am happy I did that. I  didn’t want to come across as  just a fan. Of course I am a fan for lifetime . And someday when I  complete my film with him I’ll tell  him how much effort  it took me to not gush and rave  when  I met him  for the  first time.”

Sadly the adulation and excitement has  come to an impasse.

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