Bhatt wants to make a full-fledged children’s film in 3D but the budget and target-audience for that film would depend on Khan’s Diwali release Ra.One. If Ra.One works, Bhatt’s children’s film would be made on a budget of Rs 800 million (Rs 80 crores).
Bhatt tells Businessofcinema.com, “So far children’s films in our country have been of poor quality, thanks to budget constraints. But if Ra.One does well it would automatically raise the bars for all children’s films in India. Then I’d be able to use the sophisticated 3D equipment that I’ve imported to make a film in 3D for kids. It’s my dream project, which I will dedicate to my daughter.”
The film’s script is ready and contains images and special-effects, which have so far been only seen in Hollywood movies.
“Why must our children grow up thinking only the West can give them the thrills and entertainment value of Narnia and Harry Potter. I want to correct this deplorable imbalance in our cinema for children,” says Bhatt.
Bhatt also draws a distinction between films like Taare Zameen Par, Stanley Ka Dabba, and what he has in mind.
He informs, “The films you mention are ABOUT children not FOR children. I want to make a fantasy-film in 3D that kids can fully enjoy. It all depends on Ra.One.”