Aamir Khan to produce ‘Kashmiri Glasshouse’

Aamir Khan
MUMBAI: Everyone knows that Aamir Khan is a true connossieur of talent. And if he takes an actor or filmmaker under his wings, his or her career is certainly made.

After talent like Abhinay Deo (Delhi Belly), Anusha Rizvi (Peepli Live) and Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat), Aamir has set his eyes on another debutant director. His name is Deepak Diwedi and he is all set  to make a fascinating film about a friendship across religious and cultural barriers set in Agra called ‘Kashmiri Glasshouse’. The film would be shot on location this winter in Agra. Interestingly Diwedi has no real experience in filmmaking.

Says a source, “Like Anusha Rizvi whose script Aamir spotted on his email, Deepak Diwedi’s talent caught Aamir’s attention without any impressive biodata or past history. Aamir read the story of a friendship between Agra-wallahs, one a sari-shop owner and the other photo-frame shop owner and he was hooked. He told Diwedi to polish up the script and agreed to produce the film immediately.”

Kashmiri Glasshouse was to be shot before summer but Aamir and his entire office got busy with his television show. Interestingly Kashmiri Glasshouse would see the re-launch of Chandan Roy Sanyal, who played Shahid Kapoor’s psychotic friend in Kaminey and then got lost in mirthful melee of F.A.L.T.U. Chandan has been finalized to play one of the leads, the role of the Sikh saree-shop owner.

“Aamir has taken Chandan under his wings. Aamir has ordered Chandan to prepare for his part. Chandan will be growing a proper beard and spending time in Agra. When Aamir saw Chandan’s audition he immediately selected him and recalled seeing him in Kaminey. Aamir feels Chandan has got what it takes.”

When contacted Chandan Roy Sanyal was petrified of annoying the mighty Khan by divulging any details of this project.

“I am really not supposed to talk about this. There have been too many slips between the cup and the lip for me,” said the actor.

Recently Chandan lost the pivotal role in Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani of Vidya Balan’s supportive cop-companion (the role that Parambrata Chatterjee played). Apparently Chandan was on location in Kolkata when he was forbidden by producer Vashu Bhagnani and virtually yanked back to Mumbai for the shooting of F.A.L.T.U.

Says Chandan, “I lost both Kahaani and Santosh Sivan’s Urmi while shooting for F.A.L.T.U . It Happens. No regrets. Which is why I don’t want to talk about this wonderful opportunity that Aamir Khan Saab is giving me. All I can say is, it’s a script and a role of a lifetime. Any actor would give his right hand for it.”