Mumbai Saga is making the right kind of noises since its very inception. It took Sanjay Gupta a lot many years to make Mumbai Saga happen and it looks like he is leaving no stones unturned to make the film look good. Recently, the John Abraham – Emraan Hashmi starrer hit a roadblock when Jackie Shroff opted out of the film. Now, Mahesh Manjrekar has come to director Sanjay Gupta’s rescue and has stepped in to essay Jackie’s role.
Mahesh Manjrekar will essay the role of a Maharashtrian political bigwig in the film. Mahesh will join the shoot next week and will go on political rallies with 5000 junior artistes. He also has scenes with John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi.
According to reports in E Times, Sanjay was quoted saying, “I was really looking forward to working with Jackie but due to a date mess-up, he had to quit. Mahesh is my go-to person, we’ve shared a bond since we first collaborated on ‘Kaante’ and subsequently worked on several films together. When I explained the situation to him, he told me he was on. We only had to sort the dates as he’s busy acting and directing.”
“Mahesh is a strong performer and his portrayal always stands out,” said producer Bhushan. In keeping with the story that traverses several years, Mahesh will be sporting two looks, one as a 55-year-old and another as a 62-65-year-old.
Reports in Bollywood Hungama suggested that Jackie did not have the dates to shoot for the film and the director and he had mutually decided to part ways. A source revealed to the portal, “Jackie had a conflict of dates, and since Sanjay Gupta’s directorial is a start to finish shoot they both decided to mutually part ways.”
Talking about Mumbai Saga, the gangster drama action thriller tracks the shutdown of mills in Bombay in the ’80s and the aftermath of it. The film will see Emraan Hashmi essaying the role of a cop who takes on his on-screen rival John Abraham, the gangster.
Produced by T-Series and White Feather Films, the movie will take us through the journey of Bombay turning into Mumbai, and is slated to release on June 19, 2020.