Sanjay Dutt liked my script: Umesh Shukla

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New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) National Award-winning director Umesh Shukla says he has a film for actor Sanjay Dutt, who is due to be out of jail next month. The “OMG: Oh My God!” director added that the actor has already expressed interest in the script, which is high on entertainment and has a good message.

Sanjay, who is serving the remainder of his five-year sentence in Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail in a case of possessing an illegal weapon, will be released on February 25.

Shukla is looking forward to it as he has the perfect script for the “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.” star. Will it be the actor’s comeback film?

“Let’s see. Sanjay liked my subject. We will get to know the status of the film once he returns home. First of all, he needs to be with his family. That’s his priority. As far as the film is concerned, he certainly liked my script, which I narrated to him last year,” Shukla told IANS.

“The script suits him the best. It’s content-oriented subject. No other actor has been finalised. First we will lock his dates, then we will talk to others,” he added.

While keeping other details under wraps, Shukla revealed that the movie will have “entertainment with a good message” much in sync with his “style” that was seen in “OMG: Oh My God!”.

He will begin the project once he completes his next directorial “102 Not Out”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal.

“I was in Nasik a few days back for location recce for ‘102 Not Out’. I think we will be shooting in Mumbai only. For some of the outdoor sequences, we may go to Nasik. I have a meeting with Bachchan sir soon and will be locking dates. We will most probably start shooting from May or June,” said Shukla, who would like to shoot films in Vietnam someday.

The director was in the south-east Asian country for the inaugural Indian Film Festival Vietnam last month to bridge the gap between the entertainment industries of the two countries.

“I met lots of directors and actors there. I stressed on the fact that just exploring locations is not enough. We need to understand each other’s cultures. That way we will be able to work better. I would love to shoot there. It’s a beautiful country and has very nice people,” he said.

Akshay ‘honoured’ to meet Operation Raahat co-ordinator

Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who stars in “Airlift” — a film on Kuwait-based Indians’ evacuation in 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq — says he was honoured to meet former army chief Vijay Kumar Singh who played a key role in the evacuation of Indians from Yemen last year.

Akshay, who is currently on a multi-city tour to promote his forthcoming film, tweeted a photograph of himself shaking hands with Singh, now the Minister of State for External Affairs.

“Honoured to meet Gen. Vijay Kumar Singh, the key man behind rescue mission Operation Raahat during the Yemen Crisis,” posted the “Rowdy Rathore” star, whose “Airlift” releases on Friday.

V.K. Singh, who is also minister of state for extenal affairs, is known for leading Operation Raahat, a rescue mission to evacuate Indian citizens and other foreign nationals from Yemen during 2015 Yemeni crisis.

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