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June 15, 2010

Anurag Kashyap to direct The Godfather Remake


Ek aur Godfather...

Anurag Kashyap's adaptation, Gangs of Wasseypur, based on the coal mine mafia, starts shooting next month

Every B-Town filmmaker has cherished a dream to make his own film adaptation of Mario Puzo's The Godfather.
Feroz Khan did it with Dharmatma, Ram Gopal Varma with Sarkar and Prakash Jha with Raajneeti. And now, it's Anurag Kashyap's turn. His film, titled Gangs Of Wasseypur (named after the Dhanbad area in Jharkhand) where the coalmine mafia exercises a stronghold.

Location change
While Ram Gopal Varma and Prakash Jha chose to set their adaptations in the political domain, Kashyap will shift Michael Corleone's parivaar to the coalmines of Dhanbad. Manoj Bajpayee will play a coalmine owner modelled on Marlon Brando's Don Corleone. The film will also star Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra and a newbie, Raj Yadav. Shabana Azmi is being considered for a major role.
Produced by UTV, the film begins shooting in July.

Shooting elsewhere
Kashyap has been denied permission to shoot in Dhanbad and will shoot in Singhaul, Bihar instead. Gangs Of Wasseypur will be made in two parts as two separate feature films shot concurrently, just like Ram Gopal Varma's Rakta Charitra.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays a role inspired by Al Pacino's Michael Corleone in The Godfather, will pay Dhanbad a secret visit to research on Kashyap's most ambitious project to date. Says the excited actor, "It has been my secret desire to play Al Pacino's role someday. We start shooting July-end. It's a fantasy come true."