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Shaukeen Redux

November 04, 2008 - Source: mid-day

Actor turned director Rohit Roy is the latest to join the remake bandwagon. His new film is supposed to be based on Basu Chatterji's 1981 superhit, Shaukeen.

An industry source reveals, "The original movie's producer I K Behl's son Bunty turns a producer with the remake which he will produce under the banner, Carving Dreams. Even though his father produced the film, the remaking rights of the film still lie with the film's director. Bunty, after various meeting with Chatterji, has finally got the remake rights and has begun pre-production work for the film."

Who's playing whom

The source continues, "The makers have zeroed in on Rishi Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Boman Irani to play the lead characters in the film. In the original, Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt and A K Hangal played the leading roles.
The original also had Mithun Chakraborty and Rati Agnihotri as the lead couple. The makers are still trying to get some top actors to play these roles in the remake. The movie is suppose to go on floors early next year."

Says Rohit Roy, "Yes, I am doing the film. But it is too early to talk about it right now. Nothing has been finalised as yet. All the names you're mentioninge are on my wish list and I haven't approached them as yet. I still have to work on the script of the film. Shaukeen and Chupke Chupke have been my all time favorite movies and it a fantastic opportunity. Before Shaukeen, I am doing a film for White Feather Films which will be a proper action thriller something like Kaante revisited!"

When asked if he will still pursuing acting, Rohit says, "I will always be acting. As a matter of fact, I just signed on yesterday for a Rituparno Ghosh flick."

About Shaukeen

Old friends Choudhry, Jagdishbhai, and Inder Sen are in their early sixties. While Choudhry lives with his wife, Sita, Inder is widowed, and Jagdish divorced. Their weakness is smoking, alcohol, and women. While they are able to satisfy their need for the first two vices, they are unable to openly indulge with women to their hearts' content while in Bombay. When Sita decides to take a religious pilgrimage, the three decide to travel out of town, and have fun. They hire a car driver named Sakharam, who takes them to Goa.