It has come to light that maverick film personality Ram Gopal Varma is looking to cast the dreaded terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab in his next directorial venture. In a press conference called by him, he said that he wanted to make a film on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks since that day itself. The press conference was attended by various eminent personalities, such as Vilasrao and Riteish Deshmukh, and RR Patil, to name a few.
|Companion Vilasrao Deshmukh
excitedly nodded his head in approval
when Varma said he wanted to make
a movie right from Day 1.
“The film will go on the floor on November 26 next year,” said the highly-acclaimed director. “And to keep the entire movie experience poignantly real, I want all the characters to be as close to reality as possible. I’ve no directorial skills, so it helps if the character is already real; he won’t need my instructions. So I am requesting the Indian government to give me Ajmal Kasab on loan for some days.”
As for now, he plans to name his movie Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. On being asked if the title was a little misleading, he seemed visibly confused. “2 years is a very long time in Mumbai. With such a name, I wish to remind people that such sort of an incident actually happened,” said Ramu.
About the rather zany choice of actor, Varma praised Kasab, “Ajmal is as close to a Bollywood star as you will ever get. He doesn’t get any nerves in front of the camera, and can act quite well. I believe his stomachache gig was better than what some of even our A-list actors can manage.”
“On the plus side, I won’t have to pay him anything. You name it, and he already has it. A super luxury van, police protection from unruly crowds, good food, plush living quarters. I met him a few days ago to give him the idea; we’re already good friends you see. He said he was living quite the good life. He also wanted me to thank Mr. Payer on his behalf. He acknowledged all of his happiness was being managed by Mr. Payer.”
Varma said that when he later went to look for Mr. Payer to cast him as well in the movie, he found that Mr. Payer’s first name was actually Tax — Mr. Tax Payer, an Indian resident. Attempts of finding this elusive man have gone waste, he said. “I went to government officials also, but they said, ‘We don’t know why Mr. Payer is paying for all this. We want to find him and stop such unlawful activities of his. We need the help of the general public to find him. He could be one amongst them.’ ”
Inside reports suggest that Varma has also planned a sequel to the film, tentatively titled Once Upon A Time In Delhi starring Suresh Kalmadi. Surprisingly, even in Kalmadi’s referrals, the mysterious Mr. Payer keeps on cropping up.