Who can play Charles Sobhraj better – Saif Ali Khan or Emraan Hashmi?
Saif Ali Khan has the edge over Emraan Hashmi, but after the stupendous success of The Dirty Picture and Jannat 2, Emraan may walk away with the meaty role
Kumar Mangat, producer of unusual films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Bittoo Boss is gearing up for his next venture based on alleged serial killer Charles Sobhraj’s life. The film, which will be a mega-budget adventure thriller, has been costed at around Rs 40 crore. This is the same flick that Prawaal Raman was to direct with Sanjay Dutt in the lead a few years back. The project was shelved for some undisclosed reason.
And now Mangat’s son Abhishek Pathak is all set to develop the project his father once planned with Dutt. We hear that Abhishek is trying to rope in Emraan Hashmi or Saif Ali Khan for the lead role. The makers have also found a way out of the legal tangle of making a film on the controversial individual. The makers will not officially declare it to be a Charles Sobhraj biopic, but a film inspired by certain incidents in the criminal’s life. Tentatively titled Jailbreak, the central idea of the film will mainly revolve around how Charles Shobhraj managed to escape from Tihar Jail in 1986.
With films like Ek Haseena Thi, Race and Agent Vinod, Saif has proved time and again that he can portray a dark and adventure-freaky character convincingly. Similarly, Emraan has proved his acting skills with Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture and Jannat 2. Though Saif is senior to Emraan and can do justice to the role loosely based on Sobhraj’s life, it is Emraan who is ruling the roost at the moment. Emraan’s fan base is growing with every passing day and his unconventional looks have helped him bag good roles.
Will the Murder actor give the Agent Vinod star a run for his money? Who do you think could play Charles Sobhraj better? We want to know!
First Published: 9.30 AM IST 05.15.2012