The last time Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor made a film together, it took them three long years to get it on screen. Jagga Jasoos flopped eventually and Ranbir's twitter friendly father Rishi Kapoor was quick to blame it all on Basu who he felt had stretched the film's budget and was responsible for its ultimate demise on the ticket window. Months after that debacle it seems like all is well between Basu and Kapoor.
Anurag has been working on a Kishore Kumar biopic for years now. Reports now suggest that the Barfii director is ready with the final script and has shown his faith in Ranbir Kapoor once again.
“Though the script is ready, we can’t just announce that we’re doing the film. It needs to be foolproof. 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," he said in an interview with Hindustan Times.
There's no doubt that both Basu and Ranbir work well together. Jagga Jasoos was definitely better than what most critics would call it and a collection of ₹88 crores is a testament of that. Where the film fell was in the production department. It cost close to ₹130 crores to make which meant it had to make ₹300 crores at the box office to make any profits.
Rishi Kapoor was rightly enraged since Ranbir was also one of the producers on the film. Papa Kapoor dubbed Basu as 'unprofessional' and slammed him having the final product ready only a day prior to its release on 14 July. He also lashed out at the music composer Pritam for causing repeated delays in the release of Jagga Jasoos.
Kishore, if true, would be Ranbir's second biopic. He is currently working on the Sanjay Dutt biopic and will move on to Dharma's tentatively titled Dragon to play a superhero later.
So it looks like getting into the shoes of the legendary singer is still a while away. The support from Kumar's family is immense. "Sumit Kumar, Amit Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, Ruma Guha Thakurta, 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," Anurag said in the same interview.
Well, we are certainly excited about the biopic though we sincerely hope Arijit Sen isn't the one voicing the legend in this biopic.