Nana Patekar to direct film for Prakash Jha

By Reshma Kelkar

Nana Patekar didn't take much interest in filmmaking after his directorial debut Prahaar. But he is planning to take up direction seriously, soon. His second film as director will be produced by Prakash Jha.

Jha who is currently contemplating four scripts for his banner informs that Nana's film will be one of the films that will be produced by his banner next year. "Nana is friend. We worked together in Apaharan. My production house is working on different kinds of films. I want to produce five films a year, and Nana will direct one of those five films that will commence next year," says Jha.

According to Prakash, Nana is still working on the script with his team of writers and once they complete scripting, he will announce the film. However as an actor, Nana will be a part of Jha's forthcoming film called Rajniti that will be directed by Prakash Jha himself.

"I am planning to start Rajniti at the end of January. The film deals with the understanding of democracy. The story is mine and we are still working on the script. Ajay Devgan and Nana will also be part of the film," he confirms, "We will cast three more actors, and two strong female actors for the film."

It is believed that Jha was keen to sign on Lara Dutta who opted out of his film Apaharan. "Yes we were in talks with Lara but she was busy with a foreign film and couldn't do Apaharan. We haven't finalized any actress yet. We will make an announcement once we have all our actors on board, and that will be sometime soon, hopefully."

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