Shirish Kunder gearing up for `Common Man`
Filmmaker Shirish Kunder, who is gearing up for his most ambitious project 'Common Man' with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, says the film is on lines of 2006 Hollywood blockbuster 'Pursuit of Happyness'.
"Its not an autobiography but a fictional story. But anyone who watches it will feel like it is their own story. It is like in the genre of 'Pursuit of Happyness' with Will Smith. Its that kind of a film where there is drama and a sense of comedy and all. Like even when I watched Pursuit..It reminded me of all the struggle that I made to enter Bollywood," Shirish told PTI, on the sidelines of a launch of a devotional music album, last night.
'Pursuit of Happyness' is a American biographical drama film based on millionaire stock broker Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will Smith as Gardner, an on-and-off-homeless salesman-turned stockbroker. Smith's real-life son Jaden Smith co-starred as Gardner's son Christopher Jr. The film was a hit and won several awards.
"This is the kind of story that only people like me who is an outsider and have struggled to come in Bollywood can only make. Not anyone who is already here as they don't come across the kind of struggle we all outsiders go through to come into a place where we are not allowed. So we identify with the story ," he said. After six years, Shirish has managed to finally rope in 'Big B' for his dream film.
The director's previous film 'Jaan-E-Mann' bombed at the box office. He is currently working on Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha starrer 3D film 'Joker' which releases in August 2012. Ask him how Big B came on board, he says, "It was during 'Jaaneman' when we had kept a preview for Bachchan Sir, he saw and brought his family next day to see it again. He told me we should work together but bring a role for me with meat in it. I started working and wanted a solo film for him which is about him. I was hunting...thinking of a story and it took me long time."(PTI)