Filmmaker Anand Kumar confirmed to Hindustan Times about working on a project based on the life of con man Sukesh Chandrasekhar. The latter has been in the news for some time now, especially after the names of Bollywood actresses Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi were dragged into one of his scams. To prepare for the Chandrasekhar film, Kumar met Deepak Sharma, Tihar Jail, ASP.
the life of Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar will be explored on celluloid by director Anand Kumar; he says: “I want to show how he was a mastermind”
Known for directing Zilla Gaziabad, Kumar told the publication: “The project is in a nascent phase. It was my first meeting with Sharma; Depending on the type of research and information we collect, I will decide whether this project will be a film or a web series. My writers will be in Delhi next month and will try to get in touch with the investigative team.”
Although the project will be based on Chandrasekhar’s life, fraud and money laundering trials, as well as connections to actors Jacqueline Fernandes and Nora Fatehi, Kumar does not want to refer to it as a biopic. He said: “Biopics mahaan logon ki banti hain. He is a scammer, mujhe usko amar nahin karna”.
Speaking about the project, he added: “Sukesh knows 10-12 languages and maybe more. His style of conning people is unique. I want to explore how he used to network and take out such frauds. I want to show how he was a mastermind; I would plan a scam for almost a year before executing it! Such personalities have never been explored before. [in Indian cinema].”
Asked if he would interview Sukesh in person for the investigation, he said: “I haven’t thought about it, but agar woh nahin bhi batayega [about his story] toh sikke ka doosra pehlu bhi hai mere paas (but even if you don’t provide me with information, I have other options). I can get to the people he has ripped off.”
By the way, Kumar gets along with Sharma. The latter told HT, “Anand ji is my old friend and when we met recently, he told me about his interest in making this film. I think it’s a great project. Anand ji wanted to know how Sukesh looks like, how he behaves, what he likes to do, how he dresses etc. He told me that his writers will be in Delhi to investigate, so I will meet them once they are here.”
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