15th May 2020

Tigamanshu Dhulia’s Irrfan-Manoj Starrer Aborted

Tigmanshu Dhulia  who  directed  Irrfan Khan in  one  of his  best film Paan Singh Tomar was all set  to  collaborate with his  favourite actor all over again when death made other plans.

Dhulia’s proposed film with Irrfan was the story of two friends growing  old together. It  was originally  titled  Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari .It  was   the story of two friends and their relationship over a period of  35 years.  Manoj Bajpai and Irrfan Khan  were  cast as the older avatars of the buddies whereas Amit Sadh and Vidyut Jamwal were  to  play the younger versions of the same characters.

But then Bajpai opted  out.

Recalling that aborted  project, Tigmanshu  says, “It  was  the story of two friends. After  it didn’t  work out  with Manoj Bajpai,  Irfan Khan and  I were  to play  the two  friends. I had re-titled the  film Yaara. It was a desi adaptation of the French film Les Lyonnais(A Gang Story)  It  was   the story of their journey in life from 1955 to 2010. I relocated the plot and the characters  to Uttarakhand where I come  from. They had to look compatible and convincing as friends. I lost  close to  15 kgs for  role . But we didn’t get  to  work together  in that project. Lekin issi bahaane  maine apna wazan ghata liya.”

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