It’s been 4 years since Ashok Dhyanchand, son of hockey legend Gyan Chand sold the movie rights of his father’s life to producers Pooja Shetty and Aarti Shetty.
Nothing happened. There was some discussion with Shah Rukh Khan . But the matter was dropped.
However it now seems the Shetty sisters have taken the project to Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and the project is finally moving ahead.
Says a source from Dharma, “Pooja and Aarti sounded Karan Johar out about the Dhyanchand project. He loved the idea and agreed to co-produce the film. Karan approached Ranbir Kapoor to play Dhyanchand. Ranbir for reasons best known to him,declined the offer.Karan then took the project to his other favourite Varun Dhawanwho is very very keen on playing the hockey legend.He even made his father David Dhawan hear the story.Karan Johar then approached Fox Star Studios who are very keen to get on board.”
There is only one hitch. A very major hitch.
Apparently Karan Johar , Varun Dhawan and Fox-Star do not want the film to be directed by debutante director Rohit Jaisingh Vaid .
Says a source, “It was Rohit who bought the rights for the bio-pic on behalf of the Shetty sisters.The right to direct the film cannot be taken away from him unless Rohit voluntarily forfeits it. This, he is in no mood to do.”
Given the scenario the Dhyanchand bio-pic seems in a deadlock .
Says the source, “Rohit Vaid rightly feels he has the right to direct the Dhyanchand bio-pic. But Karan Joharand Fox-Star feel Rohit’s inexperience goes against him.”
Let’s who blinks first.