MUMBAI: Ram Gopal Varma, who is currently busy with Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay, is all set to launch his next venture Cyanide, which is based on a hit Kannada film on the aftermath Rajiv GandhiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s assassination.
The movie will be directed by the original director AMR Ramesh. Ravi Kale who played the role of the one-eyed Jack Sivarasan in the Kannada film will star in Hindi version too.
Kale was in the city recently after he attended the Asian Film Festival, where Cyanide was screened. “Cyanide, which made good business in Karnataka, will be remade in Hindi by the original director AMR Ramesh for Ram Gopal Varma,” says Kale.
“While the original movie was made on a budget of Rs 11 million (Rs 1.10 crore), the Hindi version will be made on a budget of Rs 50 million (Rs 5 crore). Ramesh is planning to cast big stars Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal and Nana Patekar in pivotal roles in the film. The film is not just about the late Rajiv Gandhi, but about Jack Sivarasan and Shubha who are on the run after the assassination of the Prime Minister to escape the police dragnet. Cyanide captures the human drama that ensues in the last 20 days in the lives of the LTTE assassins,” adds Kale who has starred in many of Ram Gopal Varma’s movies.
“Ramesh is planning to start the film in December or January, which will shot in