J.P. Dutta To Dedicate Hindi Version Of Oscar Nominated Malayalam Film To Father, Will Star Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan
J.P. Dutta who lost his father writer O.P. Dutta last week is all set to direct the Hindi version of the Malayalam Oscar-nominated film Adaminte Makan Abu. The original Malayalam film is about a a poor old man (played by Salim Kumar) and his wife trying to put together the money for a a precious Haj pilgrimage.

Deeply moved by the film J. P. Dutta had bought the rights of the film last year. But the project had been put on hold because of his father’s illness.

He’s now all set to start the film. Amitabh Bachchan is J.P. Dutta’s first choice for the patriarch’s part.

Says the grieving filmmaker, "I am at the moment still struggling with a number of emotions within me. All I know is, I’ve suffered a loss which would be impossible to measure. Every idea I had I went running to my father. Now whom do I express my thoughts to?"

Adaminte Makan Abu is a project that was very dear to O.P. Dutta’s heart. The father and son had already begun to work on the Hindi version, when the senior Dutta fell ill.

While J.P. remains tightlipped about the  casting  it is reliably learnt that the Big B has been approached for the part.

Interestingly  many years ago in 1989  J.P. was to direct the Big B in Bandhua with Madhuri Dixit playing the female lead.

"So I guess our coming together is long due," says J.P.

The film will be dedicated to J.P.’s much-missed father.