Vidya Balan to play Sridevi in biopic?
Hansal Mehta is determined to make a film on the late actor and says he might approach Vidya Balan for the project.
Hansal Mehta will live with the regret of not approaching late Bollywood actor Sridevi for a film he had in mind. But the filmmaker is determined to make a film on her life and says he might approach Vidya Balan for the project.
The news of Sridevi's sudden demise last month left everyone shocked. Mehta took to Twitter to share his grief, with the post, "There will never be another Sridevi. I was about to approach her for a film. That film will now be dedicated to her. If it finds an actor."
Prodded about the project, Mehta said, "I will always regret that I didn't approach her and could not make a movie with her. But I will make a film on her."
From her surreal beauty to her charming smile to her perfect dance moves, Sridevi -- who began acting as a profession at the age of four -- was known for her ability to slip into myriad roles.
Mehta got a little introspective as he got talking about the project, divulging that the film may just be based on a book. But he refused to give out any more information. "It will be made," he assured, adding, that he might approach Vidya Balan. "I will make the film," he reiterated emphatically.
At the moment, Mehta is looking forward to Omerta, his next project with Rajkummar Rao. Through the film, he traces the life of British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh. The film is shot in real locations across London and India, while recreating Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Presented by Swiss Entertainment and Karma Media, and produced by Nahid Khan, the film will be released on April 20. As it nears its release date, Mehta is anxious about how the Indian audience will react to the film. "I want the people to watch the film. It is an important film. It is a complete anti-hero film. There is an antagonist who is unapologetic and unsympathetic. He is your principal character and to have that kind of principal character as your main lead and make a thriller...I am interested to see how the audience will respond to this anti-hero," he said.