Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:40 IST
There has been much speculation about what Nitesh Tiwari is going to direct after Dangal, after having delivered the biggest hit of all time in Hindi cinema.
It now comes to light that Nitesh is working on a screen adaptation of the cult youth Varun Agarwal's 2012 bestseller "How I Braved Anu Aunty and Started a Million Dollar Company". The film will be jointly produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, under their banners RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, respectively.
The book is a true story set in Bangalore about pursuing your dreams, or as its author puts it, 'Take the leap and then think." Varun, like his namesake and 20-something protagonist, wanted to set up his own company after getting himself an engineering degree in telecommunications, much to the dismay of his mother who enlisted the help of her friend to dissuade him. However, despite Anu aunty's constant monitoring and mockery, Varun after several alcohol-induced conversations with his school friend and partner, Rohan Malhotra, founded a merchandising company that creates customized clothing and accessories for the alumni of schools and colleges across India.
Varun chronicled his adventure in Facebook blogs which found him a publisher. In eight days, when he was ill and unable to leave the house, he dashed off a 50,000 word which went on to become a bestseller.
Today, the reluctant engineer is a successful entrepreneur with three start-ups. Besides the first, there's also a social media marketing company and a film production house. And Varun is now thinking of a sequel to his debut novel as also a book that chronicles his filmmaking journey, from making short films and music videos with a Handycam to making films.
Nitesh, Ronnie and Siddharth's association goes back to Nitesh's first film Chillar Party, which Ronnie and Siddharth produced under the UTV Spotboy banner. The association continued to flourish when UTV approached Nitesh with the story of Dangal and asked him to write and direct it for the big screen. Nitesh wrote a riveting script, Siddharth called Aamir and asked for a narration, Aamir loved what he heard and the rest is history!
Now after Chillar Party and Dangal, they are coming together for a youthful movie that is as topical as ever, dealing with the entrepreneurial "start-up" culture that the youth of today is opting for, rejecting the standard doctor, engineer, MBA templates favoured by their parents' generation.
The film will feature one of the top stars from the younger set, and it is understood that they are currently evaluating who would be best suited to play the lead role. Given their stellar track record, it will be exciting to see what Nitesh, Siddharth and Ronnie have in store for audiences this time round.
It is also rumoured that RSVP and Roy Kapur Films will be co-producing "Saare Jahaan Se Achcha", a biopic on Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, that will star Aamir Khan!
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