Dubai has proven lucky for yet another hopefully with starry dreams in his eyes to break it into Bollywood.
And as Lady Luck would have it, the lad in question is being backed by none other than Indian superstar, Shah Rukh Khan.
Roshan Abbas, who has worn several hats in his career, including playing radio jockey in Dubai and India, along with working as a TV anchor and theatre artiste, is now turning director after the creative guy impressed Khan during a show in the emirate.
In an interview with IANS, Abbas said: “I was anchoring a live event with Shah Rukh in Dubai.
We had some time before the show and he asked me what I was doing. I said that I have written a script and am looking forward to making a film.”
He added: “I said it’s a strange script, it doesn’t require big actors but needs a big production house.
I said the film is about teenagers, but I want to do the film in a big way. It needs a big producer butfreshers in the cast. He said we would talk about it in India.”
The rest, as they say, is history and so impressed was Khan by Abbas’ script ¬–which has been inspired by Abbas’ 1999 play “Graffiti” – that he promptly signed him under his Red Chillies Entertainment banner, titled “Always Kabhi Kabhi.”
Abbas says that all of this is a happy accident considering he was asked to do the show in Dubai merely two days before the event itself.
After returning to India he got a call from Khan for script reading sessions.
For his first film, Abbas roped in Ali Fazal, Giselle Monteiro, Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey and Satyadev Dube.
Contrary to rumours about Khan’s imposing ways as a producer, Abbas revealed that while the actor provided him with inputs, they were never imposed upon.
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