Amitabh Bachchan still a part of ‘Shantaram’?


A project to revive a planned feature film of Gregory David Robert’s novel ‘Shantaram’, looks set to be back on the cards, with new reports suggesting that Apple Inc have now acquired the project for a 10-part series. Among the original cast, Charlie Hunnam and Amitabh Bachchan are still down to star in the production.

‘Shantaram’ is based on the true events of Robert’s life, an Australian fugitive making a new life for himself in the slums of Mumbai, while Hunnam is to play the lead character in the series, Bachchan also has an important role.

According to AsianAge, the project was meant to be originally directed by Mira Nair and Garth Davis, with Jonny Depp as producer. However when it emerged producers didn’t want to shoot in authentic locations – the Mumbai slums, Nair opted out of the project. In an interview back in 2007, Nair who was disappointed said, “Alas, we have been stalled temporarily due to the crippling nature of the writers’ strike in Hollywood. Johnny Depp assures me that this is just a pause and that we’ll start again once the strike is resolved. I’ve spent a year of creative endeavour in realising Shantaram, so I look forward to the time when it will all come together.”…“I can close my eyes and see Mr Bachchan and Johnny Depp together,” added Nair.

Fast forward to the present day, the producers at Apple Inc hold a similar stance, so it’s not clear whether Bachchan will want to remain associated with ‘Shantaram’.

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