Mehra & UTV now come together for Delhi-6

MUMBAI: The Rang De Basanti fire is ablaze yet again as the film has been selected as India’s entry to the Oscars. What’s more, the producer – director combo of UTV and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have yet again embarked on a new project titled Delhi-6.


The film is about Mehra’s childhood days spent in Delhi. Delhi-6 is the postal pincode for the famous Chandni Chowk area in Delhi, where the director spent his younger days.


Delhi-6 stars Abhishek Bachchan, Om Puri, Atul Kulkarni and Divya Dutta. According to industry sources, while there were many names in the reckoning for the female lead, the director has finally zeroed down on Aishwarya Rai to be cast opposite the Bachchan junior.


However UTV senior vice president marketing and communications Siddharth Roy Kapur said that nothing was finalised as yet. “Talks are on right now and it is too early to talk about it. Things should be clearer in another 10 days or so.”


On the other hand, Rai’s business manager Hari Singh says, “I don’t have any idea about this movie. Presently Aishwarya is shooting in London so if there have been any developments there, I am not aware of it. She is coming back this evening and then things will be clearer.


If all goes well, this will be Abhishek and Aishwarya’s yet another film together after Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke and Kuch Naa Kaho. What’s more, Rai also had a guest appearance in Bunty Aur Babli. The duo will yet again be spotted together in J. P. Dutta’s Umrao Jaan, Yashraj Films’ Dhoom 2 and Mani Ratnam’s Guru, all of which are slated to release either later this year or early next year.

Johnny Vaz

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