Amitabh, Vidya to star in Kabulliwallah
And yet again, they are not playing the romantic pair (which is surprising given that Amitabh has romanced younger lots like Tabu and Jiah Khan in ‘Cheeni Kum’ and ‘Nishabd’ respectively).
Well! Renowned Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh is all geared up to bring on celluloid the tale of Kabulliwallah penned by the Noble Award winner Rabindranath Tagore. Amitabh shall play the protagonist Kabulliwallah who woos the young girl Mini with his baadam pistas and akhroths. Vidya shall play the grow-up avatar of Mini.
Vidya Balan is pretty gung ho about this project as Kabulliwallah is one of her favorite stories. Vidya often wonders what may have happened to the character of Mini post her marriage. This is, surely, a touching, moving tale of an old man and an inquisitive girl and deserves a celluloid immortality by the likes of great actors like Amitabh.
AB Corp Ltd’s ” Paa”, which starred Vidya along with Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, not only received rave reviews, but also won four National Awards – best actor for Big B, best supporting actress for Arundhati Nag, best make up artist award for Christein Tinsley and Dominie Till and best Hindi film.
Vidya is also said to be one of the favourites of Jaya Bachchan. According to a source, when the two met at Shabana Azmi’s birthday party, they greeted each other warmly.
“At Shabana’s party, Jayaji hugged Vidya and was so glad to see her there. She is very fond of Vidya and considers her to be lucky for the production house since ‘Paa’ did extremely well,” said a source.