Saurabh M Pandey worked as head of research and screenwriter for Vivek Agnihotri’s blockbuster The Kashmir Files. The writer is now set to collaborate with renowned directors Abbas-Mustan for their next action thriller. In a chat with News18.com, Saurabh shared details of the upcoming project and how it wasn’t hard for him to transition from writing a serious drama to an action thriller.
Speaking about his upcoming action thriller starring Abbas-Mustan, and how it wasn’t difficult for him to write, the screenwriter said: “Fortunately, I don’t have a genre. I am currently working on an action thriller and a romantic drama, then I will work with Vivek Sir on another project. It is therefore not difficult for me to switch from one genre to another.
“The project with Abbas-Mustan was announced 10 to 12 days ago, and we had been working on it for over a year. I presented the story to Mr. Abbas. The producer of the film is Parth Raval, I also told him the story. I found three stories that belonged to different genres, and one of them is for Abbas-Mustan. It was not difficult for me to write stories for three different genres. It’s a bit difficult to jump into a different genre, but if you’re a professional screenwriter, that’s no problem.
The director duo have made films with stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan in the past. We asked Saurabh about the star cast of the upcoming movie, and he said, “The movie Abbas-Mustan is going to come up with will be in line with the previous movies you’ve seen from the big-name directors. I’m really excited to talk about the project but, the film’s producer Parth Raval will make an announcement soon. So the details of the project have yet to be announced, I can only say the level to which the directing duo have entertained us for years, and the level to which they have taken the art of filmmaking over the years, the next film will also be along the same lines.
Speaking about how impressed he is with the filmmaking duo’s humility and down-to-earth nature, Saurabh said: “Whenever I have a meeting with Abbas-Mustan for the film, what I felt is that so far I haven’t found anyone as down to earth and humble filmmakers in the years of film writing I’ve done in the industry . They are so successful and carry such a legacy, but when I first met them, I felt like you had to be like him. So when someone is so humble, that person goes forward with the same thought in mind. I’m so excited about the project and can’t wait to see the project come to life on the big screen.
Abbas Mustan is known for his stylish suspense, action and romantic Bollywood thrillers with dark themes. The duo directed Bollywood films Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Ajnabee, Baadshah, Aitraaz, Humraaz, 36 China Town, Race, Race 2 and comedian Kapil Sharma’s debut film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon.
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