Anurag Basu Shares Update On Kishore Kumar Biopic Starring Ranbir
Filmmaker Anurag Basu has been working on the script for a biopic on late legendary singer Kishore Kumar for the longest time. And he has finalised actor Ranbir Kapoor for the titular role. Basu, who last worked with Ranbir in Jagga Jasoos this year, says there’s time before he can start shooting the film.
“Though the script is ready, we can’t just announce that we’re doing the film. It needs to be fool proof... There are certain legalities. We need permission and input from people associated with Kishore Kumar and mentioned in the film. [Otherwise] during the making or after the film releases, many might raise objections,” says Basu.
As for the team, the filmmaker adds, “So far, only Ranbir and I are confirmed.” But Ranbir is busy with one film (biopic on Sanjay Dutt) now, and then he will move on to another film (Ayan Mukerji’s Dragon), says Basu. “The situation is dicey because if Ranbir says that ‘Dada I will do the film in 2019’ and Kishore Kumar’s family wants me to do it now, then we’ll have to work things out accordingly.”
But there has been one thing that has been constant all this while and that’s the support from Kishore Kumar’s family. And Basu feels indebted to them for that. “Sumit [Kumar; son], Amit [Kumar; son], Leena [Chandavarkar; former wife] ji, Ruma [Guha Thakurta; former wife] ji, everyone is helping me in every way possible. I’m thankful to the family for being supportive. They want me to do the film even after so much delay,” he says.