Nylund no longer directing Aamir’s `Delhi Belly’

April 13th, 2008 - 4:18 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Taare Zameen Par
By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, April 13 (IANS) Swedish director Robert Nylund, who was roped in to direct Aamir Khan’s next production “Delhi Belly”, is no more at the helm of affairs. The actor has hired ad filmmaker Abinay Deo, who directed Hrithik Roshan’s Cinthol commercial, to wield the megaphone for the film, which will probably be made in English.

“Robert Nylund has been replaced by Abinay, who is well known character actors Ramesh and Seema Deo’s younger son (the elder one Ajinkya Deo is a recognised Marathi and Hindi actor) and the film was originally going to be in Hindi. It’s now in English,” a source close to the project told IANS.

This is a big bright bustling break for the young ad maker who has directed Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone for a high-budget Pepsi ad.

“In an instant replay of what happened between Aamir and Amole Gupte during `Taare Zameen Par’, Aamir couldn’t see eye to eye with the Swedish director. After `Delhi Belly’ was without a director, Aamir was very impressed by Abhinay’s ads. When they met, he found Abhinay to be bright and full of ideas,” the source added.

Apparently, Abhinay has been asked to direct “Delhi Belly” on the lines of Guy Ritchie’s heist caper “Snatch”.

“It would be a very naughty and sexy comedy unlike anything one would expect from Aamir. And yes, he’s likely to play a part in it,” the source said.

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