What started with having found a place in Khalid Mohammed’s Faction, a compilation of 22 short stories by B-town’s top-notch artists, Rishi Kapoor’s unrequited love story based on his real life from his pre-Bobby days has now evolved into a full-fledged script and is all set to be adapted into a musical stage drama.
Speaking to a leading daily Khalid informed that he started to transform the short story into a script with regular inputs from the actor himself and said, “I started developing the story into a script and narrated it to Rishi. He kept adding his inputs and soon we had Rishi, a play in two acts, adapted by me from a love story by Rishi Kapoor.”
While the 64-year-old actor couldn’t concentrate on the script owing to his busy schedule and hard -to-deal-with prosthetics at the time of filming Kapoor & Sons, Rishi continued to be serious about the project and made it evident when on receiving a congratulatory tweet by Mohammed on his biography Khullam Khulla launch he wrote back saying, “Our stage production of “Rishi” based on an incident of mine, next stop Khalid.”
Interestingly, the musical will have a romantic medley of Rishi-Neetu’s songs and an Elvis Presley number from an evening party.
The only reason the project hasn’t yet taken off is because Mohammed is looking for a grand launch and wants a sufficient budget. He said, “I don’t want to disappoint Rishi. I’d rather not make it than do something tacky. We need at least double the budget,”
The stage drama will have Nishi Doshi as Neetu Singh, Amol Parasher as the young Rishi, Danesh as Rishi’s secretary Ghanshyam and Amit Phalke as his older avatar.
How very exciting, isn’t it?!