Writer Milap Zaveri, better known for his sex comedies like ‘Mastizaade’ and ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum’, ventured into the territory of direction with a short film, ‘Raakh’ last year. The short movie that starred Vir Das, Richa Chadha and Shaad Randhawa in key roles, was widely appreciated by industry people and critics for its dark, dingy and twisted revenge plot. Encouraged by that enthusiastic praise, Milap is now turning a feature film director.
Milap’s first silver-screen directorial will also be a dark thriller. He has joined hands with Nikhil Advani to produce it under the banner, Emmay Entertainment. The yet-untitled movie is said to be a dark, action-packed thriller based on a cop and murderer. Power-packed actors John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee have come on board to play the leads.
Confirming the news, Advani said to Mumbai Mirror, “It’s a very tight script which revolves around a cop and a murderer. I can’t reveal who between the two is playing what but they are both very powerful characters and a dark thriller is a genre I haven’t explored before. We are looking forward to the shoot.”
This will be the second time Abraham and Bajpayee will share screen space together. They had earlier featured in Sanjay Gupta’s 2013 biographical crime-drama, ‘Shootout at Wadala’ for which the director Zaveri had written dialogues. This film also marks the reunion of Abraham with Advani after a decade of the release of ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’, an anthology of six love stories.
“Milap was keen to reinvent his body of work. He has recently directed a short film titled Raakh and wanted to make another film in the same space of a dark thriller. So he met John who loved the script and wanted to know who the producer was. Milap told him that he is close to me and would speak to me about it. When I heard the script I was immediately drawn to it,” Advani added.
John Abraham who will next be seen in Abhishek Sharma’s ‘Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran’, is excited to collaborate with Advani and Zaveri again. “It is one of the best scripts that I have heard in recent times. Nikkhil has directed me in the past; Milap has written Shootout at Wadala and Manoj is someone I deeply respect. So I am sure we will crack this,” he said.
On his part, Manoj Bajpayee reiterates, “I love the combination of drama and emotion with a correct mix of suspense in the script. It will be a great collaboration.”
Abraham and Bajpayee have already given their dates to begin it with workshop in mid-December followed by the first schedule in January in Mumbai. However, the actress for the film hasn’t been finalized yet. “It’s an important role and Milap is narrating the story to several actresses. There’s the possibility of casting a new girl so the actress doesn’t carry the baggage of an image,” Advani revealed.