September 16 : Earlier this year, it was learnt that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been roped in by Pradeep Sarkar for his biopic Noti Binodini. The film, based on the life of a courtesan-turned-theatre actor Binodini Dasi, has been filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar's dream project.
While Sarkar has been working on the project, he approached Aishwarya for the role of Noti Binodini, as Binodini Dasi was famously called. However, Mid-Day has reported that due to coronavirus pandemic, the film has been halted for the time being and pushed to 2021. Now the film will go on floors after March 2021.
In an interview with Mid-Day, Pradeep Sarkar said that the script writing is in progress, and he is waiting for the pandemic to be over. He said he is hopeful that the vaccine will be developed by March 2021 and then he can start shooting. Sarkar also said that he did not approach anybody except Aishwarya for the lead role of Noti Binodini, who had ruled the Kolkata stage for over a decade. The film will trace her successful career and the men in her life.
Pradeep Sarkar has also developed a psychological thriller and a dark comedy. He said that the scripts for these two projects are ready, but he is facing the challenge of narrating the scripts to actors over Zoom calls. So, he is patiently waiting for the crisis to be over. He also revealed that before Noti Binodini, he may take up one of these projects, it is reported.
On the other hand, Aishwarya also has Mani Ratnan’s upcoming movie Pooniyin Selvan in the pipeline.