‘Matrubhoomi’ Director turns Actor for Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘David’

MUMBAI: Bejoy Nambiar has been left with no choice but to film the three stories of his new film ‘David’ in reverse. He has just completed the third story featuring Tamil star Vikram and Tabu. Now he moves into the second story this July with Vinay Virmani and Lara Dutta in the cast, though the two are not paired together.
The first story with Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead has been the most problematic. Though Neil greenlighted the project he has yet to find dates for it, as he’s busy shooting for a  horror thriller with his lady-love Sonal Chauhan.
Says a source, “Neil favoured ‘3G’, the film that was shot in Fiji. Away from prying eyes in Mumbai Neil and Sonal got to know one another really well.”
Back home, rather than twiddle his thumb Bejoy Nambiar has decided to shoot another story with a very unusual cast. Remember Manish Jha? He made the film on female foeticide ‘Matrabhoomi’ in 2005.
He now returns in a rather unusual avatar. Manish Jha plays a stellar role in Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘David’ whose casting gets more interesting with each passing week. Nambiar has already cast the Southern superstar Vikram, along with Tabu in the first of the three stories that would be the third story in ‘David’.
He’s about to shoot the second story for ‘David’ with Akshay Kumar’s protégé Vinay Virmani playing the title song. While Lara Dutt plays a pivotal role in this segment it is director Manish Jha whose casting seems unusual.
Confirming the unorthodox casting Bejoy says, “Yes, Manish Jha makes his acting debut in my David. He had done theatre extensively in the past but never acted in a movie. I found him to be perfect for one of the roles.”
The trend of directors turning to acting has caught on. Sudhir Misha and Anurag Kashyap have played roles in the past. Recently Tigmanshu Dhulia played the main villain in Gangs Of Wasseypur.
Bejoy says he cast Manish Jha because he got the point of the part right away.
Says Bejoy, “Manish looked physically perfect for the part I have in mind for him. Lara Dutta has a very special role in the episode featuring Vinay Virmani.”
Other than Lara, the other actress that Bejoy has cast in the episode with Vinay is Sheetal Menon who was paired with Rajeev Khandelwal in Bejoy’s first film ‘Shaitaan’.
Bejoy will shoot the third story(which would actually be the first segment of ‘David’) whenever Neil has the dates.