Shah Rukh Khan rumoured to star in Schrader's film

Shah Rukh Khan rumoured to star in Schrader's film

India calling

Even as Danny Boyle is readying to return to Mumbai to produce ‘Bombay Velvet’ to be directed by Anurag Kashyap, legendary Hollywood screenplay writer Paul Schrader has written a film with the city’s infamous underworld as the backdrop.

Schrader, writer of all-time classics like ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘American Gigolo’, has tied up with screenwriter Mushtaq Shiekh and producer Anubhav Sinha to make a reportedly $10 million-budgeted cops ‘n’ mafia film titled ‘Xtrme City’.

The film has been announced by ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ fame David Weisman’s Vanishing Cinema LLC in conjunction with Shiekh and Sinha, who have announced a financing deal with Newport Beach real estate entrepreneur Dwight Manley.

The cast of the film has not been announced yet, with the announcement only saying that a Bollywood ‘mega-star’ and a Hollywood star will share top billing in the film. Going by Shiekh’s well-known proximity to superstar Shah Rukh Khan, guessing games have already begun whether it will be the King Khan who will be the ‘Bollywood megastar’ in the film.

Shiekh has done the screenplays of Khan’s films like ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Billu’ and the under-production sci-fi thriller ‘Ra – the One’, apart from writing more than one book on him.

To be targeted at both domestic and international markets, ‘Xtrme City’ will be an action thriller set in the “brutal, impenetrable, criminal orbit of Mumbai”, say its makers.

The protagonist will be Curtis Hawkley, a former US Ranger, who is forced to return to Mumbai when his father-in-law’s youngest daughter is kidnapped by a powerful underworld don.

In order to save the girl he must first find his old friend Raj Rangan, an Indian Special Forces Commando who became a crime world enforcer. After reuniting and saving the girl, the two men are drawn deeper into the ‘bhai’ underworld of Mumbai than they expected. “Xtrme City is cross-cultural entertainment that merges the cinematic traditions of Bollywood and Hollywood,” Schrader said in a statement.

“Spending time in India and working with a Bollywood talent like Shiekh has inspired and excited me to make a film accessible and meaningful to both Indian and American cultures,” said the director, who has directed films like ‘Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters’, which was executive produced by Francis Coppola and George Lucas.