Well-known Marathi filmmaker and screenwriter Nagraj Manjule, who shot to fame after directing the 2016 blockbuster film ‘Sairat’, was all psyched up about teaming up with Hindi cine icon, Amitabh Bachchan, in his first Bollywood film, titled ‘Jhund’. Even Big B was quite excited about working with the ace director. However, a score of issues, including some financial ones, led the movie to face several delays, leaving Senior Bachchan with no option other than bowing out of the project.
However, now we hear that not only the film is back on the track but Amitabh Bachchan has also decided to return to the project once again. So, how did that happen? Actually, ‘Jhund’ has been now taken over by T-Series head honcho, Bhushan Kumar, who convinced the National award-winning actor to rejoin the cast and play the main lead in it. The film sees Bachchan in the role of a retired school teacher who put together a soccer team comprising some slum children.
“Mr Bachchan had even returned the signing amount to the former producers but when Bhushan heard the script he really liked it. He decided to back the film and subsequently met him to bring him back. The makers are now working on getting fresh dates from Mr Bachchan for the shoot,” reveals a well-placed source. The source adds further that the director has already begun work on the pre-production.
With ‘Jhund’, Bhushan reunites with Big B after 4 years. They last collaborated on the Nitesh Tiwari directorial ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ in 2014. The producer is, of course, extremely happy to work with him again. “I am glad that the project will take off soon and I am getting an opportunity to work with Amitji again. When (filmmaker) Savita Hiremath got the script to me and I saw Nagraj’s dedication to the subject, it made me want to back it. The subject is very good,” he says.