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Deepa MehtaThe casting coup!
22nd Aug 2005  21.39 IST
By Aparajita Ghosh  


The star-cast of Pritish Nandy Communications' movie Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam has almost been finalized.

This remake of Guru Dutt's 1962 original movie (directed by Abrar Alvi) has been making news for quite some time. Firstly, Toronto-based filmmaker Deepa Mehta was approached to direct the movie. But she opted out of the project and Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh was roped in as the director.




Then, Aishwarya Rai was approached to play the role of Chhoti Malkin (played by Meena Kumari in the original). However, date problems prevented Ash to be a part of this project.

Actor Sanjay Dutt was also supposed to play Chhoti Malkin's errant husband in the movie. But it was Salman Khan who expressed strong interest in playing the character. He was subsequently signed for the part.

And now a clearer picture of who will play which role has emerged.

If latest reports are to be believed, Priyanka Chopra will play the role of Chhoti Malkin and Salman will play her husband.

Either one of Vidya Balan or Esha Deol would play the role of Jaba, played by veteran Waheeda Rahman in the 1962 movie.

And to play the role of Bhootnath (played by Guru Dutt in the original) talks are on with none other than the dashing dude John Abraham .

The makers of the film have also indicated that Sanjay Dutt too will be a part of the project. However, he will not essay any of the principal characters.

Shooting for the movie is likely to begin by this year-end.



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