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Dinesh Vijan, Amar Kaushik team up once again for next film

Their upcoming project will be the official adaptation of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhaychay (2011).

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Sonal Pandya

Producer Dinesh Vijan is not resting on the laurels of his current hit, Stree (2018). Vijan's banner Maddock Films has wrapped up filming Luka Chuppi (2019) starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon and announced their project to be directed by Amar Kaushik, who made his directorial debut with Stree.

Their upcoming collaboration is an official adaptation of the Marathi film Mala Aai Vhaychay (2011) directed by Samruddhi Porey. The National Award-winning film (for Best Feature in Marathi) tells the story of a young woman, Yashoda (Urmila Kanitkar), living in a village in Maharashtra, who becomes a surrogate for an American woman Mary (Stacy Bee) who is unable to have children.

Due to complication during the pregnancy, Yashoda and Mary are informed that the unborn child might face some disabilities when he or she is born. Mary is unable to face it and leaves, leaving Yashoda to go through the pregnancy and raise the child by herself.

Years later, Mary returns and a legal battle arises wherein the biological mother and the mother who raised him fight over the rights to the young boy who has grown up in India.

Vijan said he acquired the rights to the Marathi film once he heard the feature had been screened for former US president Barack Obama by former president Pratibha Patil in 2011. Incidentally, the film was remade in Telugu as Welcome Obama (2013).

The producer told the tabloid, Mumbai Mirror, that he had a writer working on the story. "My writer, Sita Menon, has been adapting the story since the past one year to cater to a wider audience while taking into account new surrogacy laws. Amar is the right guy to direct it. Going by the way he married horror and humour in Stree, I know he will make you smile and tear up with this one,” he said.

Although Kaushik's first feature is Stree (2018), he previously directed the short Aaba (2017) about a young girl and her grandfather in Arunachal Pradesh that travelled to the competition section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was also screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017.

“I’ve always been attracted to ma-bachchon ki kahaniyan [stories about mothers and children]. What makes this one even more interesting is that it is rooted in a true story, one of the many cases that came to Samruddhi Porey [who directed Mala Aai Vhaychay] who is a practising lawyer with the Bombay high court,” the director shared with the tabloid.