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I hope Priyanka Chopra gets an award at TOIFA, says Anurag Basu

Press Trust of India
Apr 06, 2013 at 01:31pm IST

Vancouver: Filmmaker Anurag Basu, who is re-teaming with Ranbir Kapoor for a biopic on Kishore Kumar, believes that the young star is the perfect choice to bring alive the versatility of the legendary singer-actor on-screen.

Ranbir and Basu earlier worked together on the hit film 'Barfi'.

The 30-year-old 'Wake Up Sid' actor is currently busy with two back-to-back movies so Basu is planning to begin shooting the biopic by next year.

I hope Priyanka Chopra wins at TOIFA: Anurag Basu

Anurag Basu is hoping that Priyanka Chopra wins a best actress award at TOIFA for 'Barfi'.

"Ranbir is very special. We share a special bond and it is not me only. He is great friends with other directors too. He is easy going, effortless, a team person and surrenders himself completely to the script and the director. He is not too much in love with himself which I think is a rare thing in an actor," Basu told PTI on the sidelines of the first Times of India Film Awards.

The director is working closely with the Kishore's family on the biopic, which is still in the writing and research stage. Basu says Ranbir was always the first choice to play Kishore.

"We finalised the script while working on 'Barfi'. I was working on two scripts at that time and Ranbir came onboard," he said.

Kishore Kumar is known as one of the most talented but elusive legends of Indian cinema and that's what fascinated Basu to explore his personality in a movie.

"I am a great fan of Kishore Kumar. We know him through his interviews and films but he is much more than that. There are so many layers to his personality. I think it would be interesting to make a biopic on him," Basu added.

Meanwhile, the director is hoping that Priyanka Chopra wins a best actress award at TOIFA for 'Barfi'.

"Barfi is nominated in different categories so I am excited not nervous because we celebrate each other's success in the industry. But more than my win or Ranbir's win, I am hoping that Priyanka gets an award this time.

"I was hoping that she would get a National award but that did not happen. I can't really say much on that because I have not seen the films that won National awards. She also did not get an award at Filmfare so I am hoping that she wins at TOIFA," said Basu.

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