Ajay Devgn, who
is riding high on the success of Golmaal Again – the film recently joined the
200 crore club – was scheduled to do a biopic on Jaswant Singh Gill, the hero
of the 1989 Raniganj coalfield rescue operation.
The film was meant to be directed by Tinu Suresh Varma, who helmed Rustom starring Akshay Kumar, which also fetched the actor his first National Award.
However, according to reports, Tinu is no longer a part of the project.
A source told DNA, “Tinu and Ajay met a few times. However, they couldn’t come to an understanding on certain key script points. Hence, Ajay is now likely to make the film with a new director on board.”
While Ajay remained unavailable for comment, the buzz is that the script is currently being reworked and the film will go on floors after the two-time National Award winning actor finishes Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal, which he starts shooting in January 2018.
Back in November 1989, around 220 miners were breaking coal walls by triggering blasts, when the wall of an underground water table adjacent to where they were working cracked and the water gushed in. Six miners lost their lives and while the ones closest to the lift were pulled out, 64 miners remained trapped inside.
A 2.5-metre tall steel capsule was created and attached to a crane which was lowered into the pit. Gill, who was trained in rescue procedures, volunteered to bring the miners back up and stayed down till the last miner was pulled out to safety. After the six-hour, he was greeted with applause for his valiant efforts.
The then Additional Chief Mining Engineer was also awarded the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak in 1991 by President Venkataraman for the successful operation.
Coming back to the biopic, we wonder who will be brought on board as the director of the project.
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