Ishqiya director Abhishek Chaubey to make thriller next
Abhishek Chaubey whose Ishqiya created erotic ripples in 2010, is ready to go on the floors with his next directorial venture. This time Abhishek will make a thriller-whodunit with dark yet humorous overtones.
The wanton wily wannabe-rich adulterous woman's role in Ishqiya gave to audiences a new kind of cinematic heroine. Rustic, robust and full-bodied in her sexual appetite. Vidya in Ishqiya was like no other screen queen before.
Interestingly, Abhishek's mentor and producer Vishal Bhardwaj too explored a very different sexually-charged and voluptuous aspect of womanhood in his directorial undertaking 7 Khoon Maaf. But Chaubey is quick to point out he had nothing to do with 7 Khoon Maaf. "In fact it is Vishal's first film where I was not involved," says the Ishqiya director.
The challenge for Chaubey is to take the female protagonist in his second film beyond Vidya Balan in Ishqiya and Priyanka Chopra in 7 Khoon Maaf.
Says Chaubey, "The woman in my next film is not just delicious in her provocative attitude, she is also deeply mysterious. I can't say if she is unique. But she's certainly arresting and in no way like the typical heroines."
Apparently, the young director would cast Vidya Balan in the central part again. The woman's part would again be a whammer, though far more sophisticated and mysterious than in the previous film.
Confirming these components in his second film, Abhishek Chaubey says, "Yes, I'm making a dark thriller. Since it's a whodunit the title has to be just right. My producer and mentor Vishal Bhardwaj had given me a fantastic title in Ishqiya. I'll have to lean on him again this time for a title."
Interestingly, Chaubey who took his plot and characters in Ishqiya to the rural badlands of North India is moving completely away, into a suburban setting this time.
Says Chaubey, "My second film is set in Mumbai. I want to run the script by my writer and director friends in Mumbai to see if I've got the nuances right."
As for the casting, Chaubey is understandably reluctant to reveal anything. "All I can tell you is I can't have Naseer Saab back in my second, much as I'd like to. There's no protagonist of that age in my second film. As for Vidya and Arshad, it is too early to talk."
And yes, Gulzar Saab will write the lyrics and Vishal Bhardwaj will score the music. Says Chaubey, "I can't imagine making a film without them. Look at the impact of 'Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji'. I am quite happy to see Madhur Bhandarkar has named his film after my song."
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