Director Anushree Mehta is all set to make the Hindi remake of Rajesh Khanna starrer 1972 film Bawarchi. The filmmaker, who is known for directing Radhika Apte led Mrs Undercover, will now direct the remake of the classic beloved film.
Bawarchi was originally directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bachchan starrer film is the first movie out of the three projects, which marks the collaboration between Jaadugar Films and Sameer Raj Sippy Productions. The makers will also gear up for the remake of iconic films such as Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan led Mili (1975). Also, the remake of Gulzar’s famous drama Koshish (1972).
Anushree described her thoughts on directing the film which is at the same time exciting and thrilling. She is humbled and honoured to have gotten the opportunity to direct the remake of the iconic film. The filmmaker is also aware of the massive responsibility that she has on her shoulders and how the remake holds a sense of significance.
Mehta stated, “When my business partner Abir Sengupta, Sameer Raj Sippy and I decided to join hands to produce these three iconic films, we were clear that we would leave no stone unturned in remaking them with utmost love and respect. During our discussion on Bawarchi, Abir and Sameer thought that I should be writing and directing the remake,” as reported by IANS.
“They were convinced that I would be able to tell the story in a manner which would make them proud. We were in sync with our vision and I whole-heartedly agreed to come on board as the writer-director.”
Bawarchi was a family movie which starred Rajesh Khanna, Jaya Bachchan, and Asrani among others. The film was a remake of a 1966 Bengali film Galpo Holeo Satti by Tapan Sinha.
Anushree even talked about how remaking an old film is exciting and at the same time challenging. It is important to adapt the story, which is suitable in the current times and people feel more relatable to it. Therefore, it is vital to keep the soul and purpose of the movie intact.
The makers will begin the filming in 2024 and the casting of suitable actors is underway.