Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who is re-teaming with Ranbir Kapoor for a biopic on Kishore Kumar, believes that the young star is the perfect choice to bring alive the versatility of the legendary singer-actor on-screen.
Ranbir and Basu earlier worked together on the hit film
The 30-year-old Wake Up Sid actor is currently busy
with two back-to-back movies so Anurag Basu is planning to begin
shooting the biopic by next year.
"Ranbir is very special. We share a special bond and it
is not me only. He is great friends with other directors too.
He is easy going, effortless, a team person and surrenders
himself completely to the script and the director. He is not
too much in love with himself which I think is a rare thing in
an actor," Anurag Basu told PTI on the sidelines of the first Times
of India Film Awards.
The director is working closely with the Kishore's family
on the biopic, which is still in the writing and research
stage. Basu says Ranbir was always the first choice to play
"We finalised the script while working on Barfi!. I was
working on two scripts at that time and Ranbir came onboard,"
Kishore Kumar is known as one of the most talented but
elusive legends of Indian cinema and that's what fascinated
Basu to explore his personality in a movie.
"I am a great fan of Kishore Kumar. We know him through
his interviews and films but he is much more than that. There
are so many layers to his personality. I think it would be
interesting to make a biopic on him," Anurag Basu added.
Meanwhile, the director is hoping that Priyanka Chopra
wins a best actress award at TOIFA for Barfi!.
"Barfi! is nominated in different categories so I am
excited and not nervous because we celebrate each other's success
in the industry. But more than my win or Ranbir's win, I am
hoping that Priyanka gets an award this time.
"I was hoping that she would get a National award but
that did not happen. I can't really say much on that because I
have not seen the films that won National awards. She also did
not get an award at Filmfare so I am hoping that she wins at
TOIFA," said Anurag Basu.