Puri Jagannath, one of the happening directors in today’s Tollywood is all set to step into Bollywood and also looking forward to direct a Hollywood flick. On the eve of his birthday on the festival day of Vijayadasami, Puri Jagan had a small chit chat with the media personnel. Some excerpts:
Puri said, “I’ve recently met Amitabh Bachchan and narrated a story to him. He was impressed with my narration and immediately gave his nod. So we are planning to take the film on sets very soon. Infact, I wanted to direct ‘Pokiri’ in Hindi with Abhishek Bachchan long ago. But that could not happen because Abhishek did not like the storyline of ‘Pokiri’.”
Further speaking, “My stories are generally liked by people all over India. That is why ‘Pokiri’ was successful in Telugu, Tamil and now in Hindi too. I am now looking forward to direct a film in English with Indian and Hollywood actors. But this might happen only when I get a good producer because the budget cost of that film would be around Rs 100 crores.”
When asked about the sequel to ‘Pokiri’ he answered, “I have no plans to make a sequel for ‘Pokiri’ but planning a fresh subject with Mahesh Babu which will kick off sometime in 2010.”
Speaking about his present project he said, “I am very much satisfied with the output of ‘Ek Niranjan’. I made this film with the thirst for a hit. Prabhas is playing the role of a ‘Bounty Hunter’ which means he works for the police in tracing the criminals. ‘Ek Niranjan’ is going to release on October 29th.”
Regarding the film ‘Bumper Offer’ that he is producing with his brother Sairam Shankar he said that the movie is going to release on October 9th. “I am hoping for a good break for Sairam Shankar with this film. He had given a brilliant performance in ‘Bumper Offer’. I am very happy to see the response for the music of this film”, said he.
Informing about his next project ‘Golimaar’ with Gopichand he said, “My next film with Gopichand will go on sets in November. Gopichand will essay the role of an encounter in this film.”
When questioned about directing his son Aakash, he replied, “My son is right now studying in sixth class but his interest is more in films. He is indeed passionate towards films so much that he keeps thinking only about films round the clock. Infact, whoever comes to meet me he is asking them to give him a chance. I’ve seen the trailer of his ‘Lotus Pond’. PG Vindha designed the film extremely well.”