After Rang De Basanti, UTV’s next isMetro

Mumbai :After the success of Rang De Basanti, UTV has launched their new production titled Metro with Anurag Basu. Anurag had directed Gangster earlier this year. Metro has already hit the floors and has been shot for a few days now. The film is scheduled to be complete by October and will release only by 26 January. Even Rang De Basanti had released on 26 and was a big success for UTV.

Anurag will be directing as well as writing the screenplay of the film. Talking about the story of the film Anurag says, “Metro is a story about people living in metro city. It is what about a city gives you and takes from you. It also deals with the different colours and standards of relationships in a city life.”

Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV says, “After Anurag came to me with the story, I liked it so much that everything was finalised within 30 days. The budget of the film is Rs 5 crore and I will also be spending 3 crore on the marketing of the film. Since the story of Metro is about Mumbai, it will be shot entirely in Mumbai.”

After Gangster, Anurag has again paired with Shiney, Kangana and Pritam, but Mukesh Bhatt is missing. This time around what made him choose UTV? “I wanted to grow. I wanted to take charge of the production of this film and when I met UTV they were ready to offer me that.”

He further adds. “I still have very good rapport with Mukesh Bhatt. In fact he was even present with his full family on the first day of the shoot. Till date if I have any problem while shooting he is them first person I call.” Anurag is directing his next film Suicide Bomber with Mukesh Bhatt which will start in November end.

Shiney Ahuja says, “Anurag signed me soon after the shooting of Gangster was complete. I have had a smooth transition from a gangster to a writer. In Metro I play a screenplay writer.” Thereafter Shilpa Shetty continues “I was elated when Anurag came to me with a role in his film. I had loved his earlier film Gangster. In Metro I play the role of a dancer.”

This is Sharman’s second with UTV. He has earlier worked with them in Rang De Basanti. Sharman, “Metro didn’t happen because of Rang De…Anurag had approached me for this fim before the release of his Gangster. In Metro I am playing the role of a young executive in the film and am paired opposite Kangana.” After having explored the corporate life Kay Kay Menon is all set to explore human emotions in a metro. He says “The name Anurag has a lot of relevance in my life. I had started my career with Anurag Kashyap and today I am with Anurag Basu.”

Talking about the music Pritam says, “The music of Metro will be more bright compared to Gangster. As of now I have finished composing for six songs. I will hit the studio only next week to record the songs.” Along with songs of the film Pritam will also be rendering the background score of the film.”

Also starring in the film are Konkona Sen and Kangana Ranaut. Kangana is presently shooting in South Africa for Suneel Darshan’s Shaka Laka Boom Boom.