Shahid Kapoor 'linked to Twilight-inspired Bollywood vampire film'
Published May 19 2012, 12:30 BST | By Steven Baker
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has been linked to the lead role in an upcoming Bollywood vampire film.
The actor is rumoured to be part of director Satish Kaushik's adaptation of Shantanu Dhar's novel The Company Red
, reports The Times of India
Speaking about Kapoor's attachment to the project, Kaushik said: "He has shown interest after reading the script. I've also made director duo Abbas-Mustan read it. Nothing is finalised yet. Setting up this film is a lot of work.
"Studios have to be allocated, the budget has to be chalked out. We want to take it to the level of a Mission Impossible
The filmmaker said that a resurgence of vampire productions
in Hollywood has made the genre more accessible to Hindi film audiences.
"It's a brand new idea, very original and workable in Bollywood. I remember my childhood days when we would flock to Chanakya Theatre in Delhi to watch Dracula films," explained Kaushik.
"If there are takers for Twilight
and Dark Shadows
, there's no reason why the audience won't accept Indian vampire films. The plots are dramatic with a heightened sense of intrigue. This works well in Bollywood."The Company Red
author Dhar indicated that the movie will be a modern day interpretation of the horror genre, exploring the medical science behind vampires.
"To prevent the book's plot from being reduced to absurdity, I actually sat with doctors to discuss the kind of genetic mutation among humans that would lead to vampirism," he said.