Author Gregory David Roberts
’ best selling novel Shantaram
, about an Australian fugitive making a new life for himself in the slums of Mumbai, now finally will be a 10- part web series by Apple INC.
20 years ago, the novel was offered to Mira Nair
as a feature film with Johnny Depp
as a producer. Joel Edgerton
was to play the lead, while Amitabh Bachchan
was to play an important character. However, Mira opted out because of the project was because she wanted to shoot the film on authentic locations in the chawls of Mumbai, whereas the producers felt that shooting in Mumbai slums was no longer a global box office fetish after Slumdog Millionaire.
Well, Amitabh Bachchan
still remains attached to the project. In 2007 in an interview, Mira Nair
said “Alas, we have been stalled temporarily due to the crippling nature of the writers’ strike in Hollywood. Johnny Depp
assures me that this is just a pause and that we’ll start again once the strike is resolved. I’ve spent a year of creative endeavor in realizing Shantaram, so I look forward to the time when it will all come together,” Mira added, “I can close my eyes and see Mr. Bachchan and Johnny Depp together.” But, now that Shantaram has changed hands it’s time to open our eyes to a new cast in a new project.
Meanwhile, Amitabh Bachchan
will be seen in Rumy Jafry
’ along with Emraan Hashmi
. The film will be releasing on 24th April 2020.
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