Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Chenab Gandhi with Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham soon

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Chenab Gandhi will go into production in May 2009.

Amitabh Bachchan will star in the title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Chenab Gandhi

Amitabh Bachchan will star in the title role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Chenab Gandhi

As is par for the course for most movies in production, Chenab Gandhi too is surrounded by rumors about changes in the cast and so on.

For a while, there was a buzz about Hurman Baweja replacing John Abraham in Chenab Gandhi.

Interestingly, while there have been rumors about Hurman Baweja being replaced by all kinds of actors in all his movies, this is the first time there is a rumor doing the rounds that he has replaced someone.

There is something to cheer about in that, for Hurman at least!

The rumor has been squashed squarely, though, by the filmmakers of Chenab Gandhi.

Apparently, John Abraham has been busy with shooting for Hook Ya Crook, which he will wrap up by April 20, 2009, and start shooting for Chenab Gandhi, from May 8, 2009.

Chenab Gandhi stars Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, also known as Frontier Gandhi, John Abraham, and Vidya Balan.

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan with Mahatma Gandhi

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan with Mahatma Gandhi

The movie will be directed by Vibha Puri and written by Bhavani Iyer, writer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s acclaimed Black.

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan was the leader of the independence movement in India’s Northwest Frontier. He dedicated his life to non-violence and was one of the staunchest supporters of Mahatma Gandhi.

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan is credited with forming the Khudai Khidmatgars in the 1920s that took on the British police with non-violent opposition (Satyagraha).

After partition, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was branded anti-Muslim and was arrested, imprisoned, and exiled on and off for nearly 52 years of his life.

In 2008, TC McLuhan wrote and directed a documentary The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, a Torch for Peace.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali has directed only four movies after his first movie Khamoshi released in 1996. The movie was a disaster at the box office, but I still believe it is Bhansali’s best and most pure work so far.

It’s a pity he went into the grand spectacle mode after Khamoshi, stripping his movies of its soul.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s last movie Saawariya met with a lot of criticism. I haven’t watched it, so I wouldn’t know how much the movie merited it.

The next movie he is working on is Guzarish starring the golden couple Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The movie is in pre-production and will be released in 2010.

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