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Nikhil Dwivedi to lead the way in making superstar Rajesh Khanna's biopic, Farah Khan to direct

Director Nikhil Dwivedi to back a biopic on the country’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, while filmmaker Farah Khan is in talks to direct the same.

Published: Tuesday,Dec 28, 2021 05:35 AM GMT-07:00
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Nikhil Dwivedi, Rajesh Khanna and Farah Khan

Rajesh Khanna is the gem of Indian cinema for whom the term superstar was coined. The actor enjoyed immense fan-following and stardom. 

He gave Indian cinema several unforgettable films like Anand, Aradhana, Kati Patang, Amar Prem and Khamoshi to name a few. 

According to the latest reports actor-producer, Nikhil Dwivedi has acquired the rights to turn Gautam Chintamani’s book, Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna, into a movie, which will be a biopic on the country’s first superstar. 

Meanwhile, filmmaker Farah Khan has been approached to direct it while the writer of the book Gautam is busy adapting the book into a screenplay.

Nikhil says, 

“I found the book very interesting and the thought of turning it into a film stayed with me all these years. It perfectly encapsulates the man behind the most iconic star our country has seen. There is so much intrigue attached to him. He had a regal personality. His career saw a dip, but he bounced right back. He was not meant to be in the business, but not only did he step into it, but he also conquered it. At no point in his career did he lose that regal aura. There are varied aspects to his personality which have been captured well in the book. The story of Rajesh Khanna’s life should have been told a long time ago. People who really knew him understood what made him so special.”

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Farah adds, 

“Yes, I have read Gautam’s book and it’s very fascinating. We are in conversation over this, but I cannot comment more.” Given that Rajesh Khanna’s career ran into decades and he remained a public figure for most of his life, did the thought of turning the story into a web series ever cross his mind? After all, capturing a legend’s journey in a little over two hours of runtime is no mean feat. Nikhil says, “It’s tough to arrive at what one wants to keep in the film eventually. It’s a task and we are working on that aspect as we speak.”

When Nikhil was asked about his plans to seek consent from Rajesh Khanna’s family the director said,

“It’s not something we want to do behind someone’s back and we’re definitely not making something that thrives on controversies and sensationalism. It’s the story of India’s first superstar and we want to capture the magic of his personality and his achievements in the film. A film on his life is long overdue.” Talking about finding the perfect cast for the film, especially the protagonist, Nikhil says, “It will be the director’s call. I just know that an actor who can do half the justice he did to his work will be able to pull off his character on screen.”

While on the work front Nikhil is also going to produce Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming next starring Kriti Sanon.

Farah Khan Rajesh Khanna Anurag Kashyap Nikhil Dwivedi Kriti Sanon Amar Prem  Anand  Aradhana  Kati Patang  Khamoshi 

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