Hansal Mehta is all set to collaborate with the international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer over a film adaptation of the 1979 bestseller Kane & Abel. He has also finalized his favourite actor Rajkummar Yadav to play one of the protagonists.
Interestingly, Hansal has earlier adapted Kane & Abel to television. Recounts the Shahid director, “I had done Kane & Abel for Zee TV in 1999. It was called ‘Lakshya’ and it starred Kay Kay Menon and Pramod Moutho as the two protagonists. It was a kind of game-changer on Indian television. But we were given the wrong telecast timing and the series never took off.”
Hansal has been desirous of taking the story to a larger screen and audience ever since Lakshya couldn’t get the audience it deserved. Recently, Imtiaz Ali had converted his tele-film Highway (starring Aditya Shrivastava and Kartika Rane) into a feature film featuring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt.
Alas, there were roadblocks for Hansal’s tele-series to make it to the large screen. And Hansal has decided to take the matter up at the highest level. Says Hansal, “The rights for ‘Lakshya’ are with the channel and I can’t remake ‘Lakshya’. However I will now negotiate directly with …read more