Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Returns pushed back
Looks like Sunny Deol’s plans to ‘redefine action’ with ‘Ghayal Returns’, the sequel to the Rajkumar Santoshi-directed 1990 blockbuster, may have to wait a while longer. First, Ashwini Chaudhary was to direct the sequel but following the release of its teaser promo with Salman Khan-starrer Ready, Sunny had a change of heart and asked Rahul Rawail of Arjun fame to helm the project.
While the movie would have marked Rawail’s return to Sunny’s banner – Vijayta Films after he directed their first production, Betaab, in 1983, it has hit a rocky patch and may not be happening in the near future.
Rawail confirmed the news yesterday saying, “You are right. I got a message from the Vijayta Films’ office today. Though I am ready with the script, what can I do? They are the producers and this is their decision.”
Buzz in the trade is that Vijayta Films has done a rethink on their Ghayal Returns strategy simply because their latest release YamlaPaglaDeewana 2 has garnered a slightly mixed response.
While Sunny refrained from comment, a friend of his called up to say that there was a fallout between Rawail and the actor a couple of days ago, the bone of contention being the film’s writers. “The writers chosen by Sunny were not gelling well with Rawail while the writers chosen by Rawail were not up to Sunny’s expectations,” the friend said, adding: “However, Ghayal Returns not happening for now has nothing to do with YPD2. If need be, Sunny will himself direct the film. This movie is so close to his heart.”
So far, Ghayal Returns has been pushed back not only because of the change in director from Chaudhary to Rawail but also because of the delay in finalising its leading lady. Initially, there were reports that Prachi Desai was being considered for the role followed by Bipasha Basu and then Vidya Balan but none of them were finalised.
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