Finally, Aankhen 2 is happening. The sequel to the popular heist thriller released in 2002 has been on the anvil for a while. The film was stuck in a legal dispute, which has now finally been resolved.
Says director Anees Bazmee, “As you know, Aankhen 2 was to be produced
by Gaurang Doshi, who had produced the original Aankhen film in 2002. I knew Rajtaru Studios (co-partners Raj Rajtaru and Tarun Aggarwal) were co-producers.
I kept asking Gaurang to get a NOC from Rajtaru. He insisted that I shouldn’t worry. ‘If I am investing money, surely I’ve got the basic rights in place,’ Gaurang told me. I went ahead with his conviction. We even had a muhurat ceremony that was attended by Bachchan Saab.” It was then that Rajtaru Studios raised an objection to Doshi producing Aankhen 2. Says Anees, “Sadly Gaurang is no longer a part of Aankhen 2. It is being co-produced jointly by Rajtaru and Eros International.” Anees intends to plunge into the project in the second-half of 2019. “I’ve cracked a really interesting idea for the Aankhen sequel. This is the first time that I’m working with Bachchan Saab. I am his fan. And like every filmmaker, I too wanted to work with him. I want to make sure Aankhen 2 justifies his presence.”