Anurag Kashyap to helm another version of ‘The Godfather’

Updated: Jun 15, 2010, 12:26 PM IST

Spicezee bureau

Mumbai: Another version of the cult film ‘The Godfather’ is about to be made. Maria Puzo’s ‘The Godfather’ has inspired many filmmakers across the world with several directors helming their interpretation of the greatest gang-war film ever made on the celluloid. This time round, taskmaster Anurag Kashyap has decided to bring forth the mafia drama with his own version of ‘The Godfather’. Titled ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (named after a Dhanbad area in Jharkhnad), Anurag is to weave his story around a coalmine mafia, who exercises a stronghold in the region.

The shooting of the film starts next month. Anurag Kashyap wanted to shoot his film in Dhanbad, but because of administrative issues he cannot get the permission to do that, so now he will shoot in Singhaul, Bihar instead.

Manoj Bajpayee has been chosen to play a coalmine owner modelled on Marlon Brando`s Don Corleone. The film will also star Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra and a newbie, Raj Yadav. Shabana Azmi is being considered for a major role. Produced by UTV, the film begins shooting in July.

‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ will be made in two parts as two separate feature films shot concurrently, just like Ram Gopal Varma`s ‘Rakta Charitra’.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays a key role inspired by Al Pacino`s Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather’, will pay Dhanbad a secret visit to research on Kashyap`s most ambitious project till date. Speaking to a news daily, the excited actor said, "It has been my secret desire to play Al Pacino`s role someday. We start shooting July-end. It`s a fantasy come true."