Fenil and Bollywood

Vishal Bhardwaj to remake The Departed

Posted on: July 21, 2009

Vishal Bhardwaj to remake The Departed, after Kaminey. Saif and Kareena keen to bag roles in the film
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 19, 2009)

Vishal Bharadwaj

The hit Omkara jodi of actor Saif Ali Khan and director Vishal Bhardwaj are teaming up again, goes the current buzz in the industry. The two are ready to work on a new project as soon as Vishal’s Kaminey, with Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra, is released.

Apparently, a big production house has bought the copyright of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 American crime drama The Departed and has approached Vishal to direct it. Having directed dark gangster films like Omkara, Maqbool earlier, they have chosen Vishal to handle the desi Departed.

Saif, whose career underwent a major transformation with Omkara has expressed a keen desire to be a part of Vishal’s version of The Departed. He doesn’t mind playing the role of either of the protagonists, played by Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed.

Saif’s eagerness to return to working with Vishal has been apparent to his friends for quite some time now. Every time the Kaminey trailer with the ‘Dhan te nan’ song plays, Saif slips into a retro mood. One of Saif’s close friends says, “Saif just loves the look of Kaminey. We feel he really regrets that he could not be a part of Kaminey, especially since Shahid’s role was initially offered to him. He was busy putting together Love Aaj Kal, his maiden production venture, at that time. Every time we notice him grooving to ‘Dhan te nan’s beats, he quickly shoots back, ‘Why would I want someone else’s song? I have my own track, ‘We twist’ (from Love Aaj Kal) in the charts.”

Saif Ali Khan

Kareena Kapoor

Saif may say that, but the fact is that he is keen to do The Departed with Vishal. Not only that, girlfriend Kareena Kapoor too wants to be a part of the film. Though there isn’t a need for the presence of a female lead in the film, the story may modified if she is a part of the film.

In fact, Kareena too was asked to be part of Kaminey initially. But by the looks of it, she has obviously refused. When we ask Vishal about this, he snaps back, “Kisne manaa kia tha? (Who had asked them not to be part of the film?) They got busy with other things and we moved on. I would like to work with them again.”


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