MUMBAI: Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s Reliance Entertainment has signed a deal with producer – director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s VCF (Vinod Chopra Films).
The Aamir Khan starrer film, which is tentative titled Idiot, is a part of this deal and will be the first to go on floors around the month of June. The movie will be directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The lead actress for the film is yet to be finalized. Idiot is a comic film with a social message. The story is a satire on the education system.
The other details of the deal are still being worked out. "Vidhu is in the process of finalizing the line up of his films and the details should be worked out within a few days," says Reliance Entertainment chairman Amit Khanna.
Sources inform Businessofcinema.com that the third film in the Munnabhai series – Munnabhai Chale Amrika – is not a part of this deal.
Other movies in Chopra’s stable included Talisman that has been adapted from the novel Chandrakanta. It will be directed by ad film maker Ram Madhvani and stars Amitabh Bachchan. The promo of Talisman was aired with the theatrical release of Lage Raho Munnabhai. Another film to be directed by Chopra, titled 64 Squares, was also on his agenda. However, the current film’s status is not known.
Reliance Entertainment also recently signed a six-film deal with Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment. Work is currently underway for the first movie in the deal Rock On starring Farhan Akhtar, Prachi Desai, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Sahana Goswami and Luke Kenny. It is scheduled to release in the third quarter of 2008.
As has already been reported by Businessofcinema.com, the company has also signed a co-production deal with filmmaker Sudhir Mishra for two films. The first film under this deal will be a comic-thriller and the second will be a realistic thriller titled Foot Soldier.