Shashank Khaitan puts Varun Dhawan's action film on backburner

DN Bureau

Shashank Khaitan was gearing up to make an action adventure film with Varun Dhawan but the director has now put a hold on the project as he was not finding "anything new to say" with it.

Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan

Mumbai: Shashank Khaitan was gearing up to make an action adventure film with Varun Dhawan but the director has now put a hold on the project as he was not finding "anything new to say" with it.

Last year, Shashank revealed he was working on the film which would have terrorism as its backdrop. Dhawan, who worked with the filmmaker on "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania" and "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", was set for the lead part.

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The director said he wrote a lot on it and felt he had cracked a great first half but then "somewhere along the second half I became very rehearsed." 

Shashank Khaitan and Varun Dhawan

"As a writer director, you can't live in isolation. Everyday there's so much material coming out on shows, films and TV on this (subject), that if I don't have anything new to say, I shouldn't say it.

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"That's what happened with that film, at least as of now, that I'm not finding anything new to say. So I've kind of kept it on the backburner," Shashank told PTI. 

The director, who last directed Dharma Productions' "Dhadak", said he did not want to tell a story "just because it'll be a cool action film".

"There needs to be a story to tell. But right now I'm not finding enough purpose in the story. You need this honesty because even before a filmmaker, I'm a consumer. 

"I see movies, digital content all the time and when I'm seeing these shows being made and if I don't have a newer perspective then what's the point of telling a story." 

Before the untitled film was announced, Shashank was set to make his ambitious warrior film "Rannbhoomi", featuring Varun. 

The director says the film will take a lot of time due to the research and VFX. 

"It's not a film that I can depend on others to do it. Every person who comes on board I need to learn from them and say this is what I want to do. It's something which unfortunately I can't give a timeline too. 

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"However excited we are about it and the script which we -- Varun, Karan (Johar) and me -- love a lot, we cannot commit to it immediately till we have more clarify on when are we going to execute it. Till we are not clear on budgets and VFX, we can't give a timeline." 

The director, meanwhile, will be seen as a judge on the second season of Colors dance reality show "Dance Deewane", scheduled to air from June 15. (PTI)

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