Aamir Khan's production of Delhi Belly seems to be undergoing a lot of pre-production belly-aches… not a strange occurrence for Mr Khan. Remember the changes Taare Zameen Par (TZP) went through as it made its journey from Amole Gupte to Aamir Khan?
While the directorial responsibility in TZP changed hands when the film was almost complete, Delhi Belly changed directors even before the shooting has started. The original choice to direct Aamir's quirky and crisp sex comedy was Swedish director Robert Nylund. No more. The film has a new director and probably a new language as well.
Says a source, "Robert Nylund has been replaced by Abinay Deo, who is veteran actors Ramesh and Seema Deo's younger son [the elder one, Ajinkya Deo, is a recognised Marathi and Hindi actor], and the film that was originally going to be in Hindi is now in English."
This is a big break for the young ad-filmmaker who has already directed high-budgeted, star-studded Pepsi and Cinthol ads. Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starred in his Pepsi ad, while Hrithik was the lead in the Cinthol ad.
Says the source, "Aamir couldn't see eye to eye with the Swedish director. After Delhi Belly was without a director, Aamir was very impressed with Abhinay's ads. When they met, he found Abhinay to be bright and full of doable ideas."
Apparently, Abhinay has been asked to direct Delhi Belly on the lines of Guy Ritchie's heist-caper Snatch. Says the source, "It would be a very naughty and sexy comedy unlike anything one would expect from Aamir. And, yes, he's likely to play a part in it."