15 Jul 2017 07:00 IST
Author Amish Tripathi is rumoured to have given consent to the Padmavati director to helm a film on his mythological novel after Karan Johar surrendered the rights.
Hrithik Roshan is often referred to having looks of a Greek God, and the actor could well play an Indian God in the future. Buzz has it that Hrithik has been approached to play Lord Shiva in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film that is an adaptation of noted author Amish Tripathi’s novel Immortals Of Meluha — the first book in the Shiva trilogy.
Earlier, Karan Johar had obtained the rights of the book which he has now surrendered. "The contract had expired. There were various issues, but Karan and I have parted as friends. A new contract has been signed with another studio,” Tripathi said in a statement.
“Mr Tripathi is currently on a writing break. He’s not in Mumbai preparing for his next book. As for the film, we have been in touch with various people but I cannot comment on anything. An official announcement in this regard is expected soon,” a source close to Tripathi told Cinestaan.com.
Immortals of Meluha is the first novel in Tripathi's Shiva trilogy. Tripathi followed it up with The Secret Of The Nagas and The Oath Of The Vayuputras.
He has never been part of a mythological film, but Hrithik has acted in period dramas as Emperor Akbar in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and then later as fictional character Sarman in Mohenjo Daro (2016). Incidentally, Hrithik was to do a fictional period love story Shuddhi with Johar, but then opted out. The project was eventually scrapped.
Hrithik is also rumoured to have given his nod to Vikas Bahl’s Super 30 that is based on ace mathematician Anand Kumar.
Bhansali is currently working on the epic Padmavati. The filmmaker had earlier directed Hrithik in Guzaarish (2010).