'Someone' turns hero

Published On: 2013-04-03


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‘Someone’ turns hero


Source: Mumbai Mirror 


Chetan Bhagat's first novel, Five Point Someonedescribes losers in IIT. Raju Hirani plans to cast them as Great Indian Heroes: Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan Bollywood filmmakers seem to be increasingly resorting to Chetan Bhagat's novels for inspiration. Atul Agnihotri's adaptation of the author's One Night @ a Call Centre (2005)- Hello - is already underway. Now, apart from the third instalment of the cult Munnabhai series, Rajkumar Hirani has started working on another script, based on Chetan Bhagat's novel Five Point Someone: What Not To Do At IIT (2004). 


The filmmaker, who has reportedly been wanting to make a film revolving around our education system, has relocated himself in Kenya to finish the script. The film, which is scheduled to hit the floors at the end of this year, focuses on the plight of college students coping with academics. An ex-IITian himself, Bhagat's Five Point Someone is a slice of life at IIT. The plot revolves around three low-graders who choose to study less and play more. 


Needless to say, vodka, weed and Pink Floyd are on the top of their mind. In no time the faculty and the nine pointers start looking down upon the not-so-awesome threesome. The conflict arises when the threesome break into a professor's house and try to leak examination papers. There's an equal does of romance too with one of the guys falling for a professor's daughter. However, Hirani continues to be tight-lipped about the flick. When quizzed about the film the filmmaker chooses to say, "Yes I'm working on it. But it's too early to make any comments. You want me to talk about Munnabhai 3?" 


A source close to the filmmaker says, "One can't deny the universal appeal of the three characters who are battling with academics, expectant parents, gender role, suicidal instincts etc. Of course, it did strike Raju and here's a film in the making. However, the plot should reflect the dichotomy between academics and an individual's creativity." As for the cast, the filmmaker is hopeful of including several A-listers. And Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi are not in the running for sure. If all goes well Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and even a newbie Ranbir Kapoor might figure on the cast list.