Sidharth Malhotra has been eager to start shooting for the Thadam remake, ever since he signed it. Well, the reason is good — the remake of 2019 Tamil hit was his maiden attempt for playing a double role. The shooting schedule of the Vardhan Ketkar-directorial venture, originally planned to go on floors in May, was postponed due to the lockdown. Now producers Bhushan Kumar and Murad Khetani are preparing to kick start the project in August, they are in a dilemma over the film’s location.
The initial plan was unit reaching Delhi in May to shoot the movie in one schedule. The director also desired to shoot some crucial sequences on real locations and with state government allowing shoot resumption, but there has been no such development in the capital till now. So, makers now planning to switch towards other possible locations where they can set the story,” reveals a trade source.
Far from being bogged down by the delay, Khetani says they are charting out a plan to ensure the project kicks off on the right note. “In on-going times Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra have permitted to resume shoots. It’s would be too early to say whether shoots will resume in Delhi or another city; not sure which state governments will permit to resume shoots by August. We will take a call early next month.”
Given the recent turn of events, a November release is off the cards. “We were eyeing a November 23 release, but that is not possible,” concedes Khetani, adding that they have the Herculean task of reworking the schedule. “Sidharth’s date was allocated to Indra Kumar’s untitled movie afterward he shoot our movie, so he needed to work out his dates again. Since he has two different looks, he will need to do look tests and a 10-day prep.”