Shekhar Kapur’s film Paani has been in the news ever since he announced it during the Cannes Festival 2010. Fans were excited that Hrithik Roshan was going to star in the highly anticipated film. But it seems that the plans of this film went a little haywire. As we reported the latest development is that Sushant Singh Rajput has replaced Hrithik Roshan for the film.
Describing the film, Shekhar Kapur had said that this love story will change minds. “I hope this film melts hearts, as this story is about love caught in a cities’ war,” he added.
Meanwhile, he has clarified the replacement of Hrithik on his blog. He wrote,” Which Director in his right mind would ever give up a chance to work with Hrithik Roshan? He has been one of the most exciting actors in Hindi Cinema for a long time and a huge star to boot. Some years ago I predicted he would be the first Indian actor to hit Hollywood big time. Like I mean, really, in the A list.”
He also wrote,” ….to what Hrithik is today. The Super Hero. the man who is the protector, the man who can take on the world single-handedly. The man who knows he can take on the world singlehandedly. Hrithik evolved into Krish. And I realized I had left it too late…..So while I lost the chance to cast Hrithik in Paani, I hope that he would still agree to be in one of my next films. In Hollywood, probably.”
Talking about Sushant Singh Rajput, Shekhar said that he is an emerging actor in India. “It will be interesting and exciting to have him in Paani. The actor-director combination will be interesting,” he stated.
Paani is based on a book that is about water crisis, by Maude Barlow and David Farr. The film will be produced by Yash Raj Films and will hit the floors by mid-2014. The music of the film will be composed by A.R Rahman.