The political satire, Nayak: The Real Hero, which starred Anil Kapoor and Amrish Puri in prominent roles, will now have a sequel.
Latest buzz indicates that the rights of the 2001 film which also featured Rani Mukerji opposite Anil Kapoor, have been bought by producer Deepak Mukut.
The work on the script has already begun and it's being penned by KV Vijayendra Prasad who has written scripts for Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Baahubali. Confirming the news to a daily, producer Deepak said:
"I have bought the rights from AM Rathnam, the original producer. The sequel will be a political satire with romance as the backdrop. It will take off from where the original one left but with a completely different story. Some characters, like the lead, Shivaji Rao (played by Anil), will be retained."
He added that the final work on the script will be completed within the next two months.
Nayak, which was a remake of the 1999 Tamil film, S Shankar's Mudhalvan, had Anil Kapoor enacting the character of journalist Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. However, it's not yet confirmed whether he'll come on board for the sequel too.
"We are yet to take a call on the casting or the director. It'll only happen once the final script is ready. We'd love to have Anil on board if the script demands," said Deepak.
The makers are even keen to reprise a few songs from the original film in order to cash-in on the popularity that the film still has. The producer added:
"The earlier film is still extremely popular and is widely watched on television. The action will be bigger and better this time."
More details are awaited.
-- quotes from Mumbai Mirror