Shakespeare’s historic romantic couple, Romeo and Juliet have been an inspiration to many Bollywood filmmakers, so it’s no surprise that the story has also lured producer Ekta Kapoor too, who is planning to make a film on that subject. But rather than yet again narrating the melancholy tale of love the same old way, trust our daring Soap Queen to do things differently…
Ekta’s prolific production house, Balaji Telefilms, has announced ‘Romil and Juggal’, a hilarious and heart-warming re-imagination of Romeo and Juliet. What makes this film different is that both the protagonists are male!
A first-of-its-kind entertainer, ‘Romil and Juggal’ looks to break stereotype as a coming-of-age romance, never seen before on Indian celluloid and explores what it means to stand out from the crowd of macho India.
While details of the film are tightly being kept under wraps, given the subject of the film, news has it that two fresh faces will be launched by Balaji for this bold yet emotional, romantic saga.
The film goes on the floors in May. Kunal Kohli’s assistant Danish Aslam (‘Break Ke Baad’, starring Imran Khan-Deepika Padukone) will direct this quirky romance.
Says Danish, “When it comes to topics like these, in India at least, we have a tendency to go completely over the top. We either make slapstick humour, like ‘Dostana’ (2008) or we go extremely serious about it like Onir’sfilm. My treatment will be realistic and not exceptionally dramatic.” He adds, “Though it may not make changes in the law, I believe that such kind of films brings about a certain social consciousness.”
Added Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures, “As a content creator, Balaji is synonymous with pushing the envelope whilst retaining our content in the commercial entertainment space. R&J is yet another exciting case in point.”