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Bolly beats Holly to Super 30 biopic.

BOLLYWOOD'S blue- eyed boy of the moment, Barfi! filmmaker Anurag Basu, may have bagged the rights to make the biopic of Bihar mathematician Anand Kumar of Super 30 fame, but he was far from being the only one in the fray.

Many others, including acclaimed Hollywood director Michael Winterbottom, wanted to make a feature film on the life and times of the celebrated mathematics guru known the world over for grooming underprivileged students for admission into the coveted Indian Institutes of Technology ( IITs).

Anand says British filmmaker Winterbottom had sent feelers through an Indian friend about his desire to make a movie on him.

" I got a call from a friend of Winterbottom while he was shooting for Trishna in India last year," Anand said. " He told me that Winterbottom and he would like to meet me to discuss the possibility of making a film on my life, but I told them that I had already given my consent to Anurag Basu." " Basu and his colleague Sanjeev Dutta had come to my house in Patna with the proposal way back in 2010," he added.

Once he gave Basu his word, there was no point in pursuing talks with the Trishna director, he says.

Winterbottom has to his credit celebrated films such as Welcome to Sarajevo , Wonderland , 24 Hour Party People and A Mighty Heart . Anand says he had also received an offer for a biopic from Hinduja Ventures that had produced Teen Patti , an Amitabh Bachchan- Ben Kingsley- starrer that had failed to set the cash boxes ringing at the box office in 2010. " There were a few other proposals from Bollywood filmmakers which I had to turn down," he added.

But he has no regrets on missing out on what would have been an international project with Winterbottom.

Anand says he could not have hoped for a better Bollywood director than Basu to make his biopic. " His Barfi! has proved once again what a quality filmmaker he is," he said.

Asked when the film is likely to come out, Anand says it will take some time. " Basu told me that a lot of research is required to make a biopic," he said. " He has already started research on my life and I hope that the film would be released sometime in early 2014." He, however, says he has no idea which actor would play him on the big screen, but admits he was floored by Ranbir Kapoor's performance in Barfi! . " Ranbir was mind- blowing in Barfi! but the selection of artistes is Basu's prerogative," he said.

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Date:Oct 2, 2012
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