Bank Chor: Kapil out, Riteish in

Sharma had to pull out of the film for the sake of his stand-up comedy show.

Ians July 11, 2014

MUMBAI: Actor Riteish Deshmukh has replaced comedian Kapil Sharma in Y-Films’ comedy Bank-Chor.

“Loved the script. Loved the character. Loved the team,” Riteish, who is riding high on the success of Ek Villain, said in a statement.

“I’ve always liked to push the envelope with the choices I make. This film allows me to potentially rip it apart. Watch out, there’s a new Bank-Chor in town,” added the actor.

Ashish Patil, business and creative head, Youth Films, Brand Partnerships and Talent Management at Yash Raj Films, vouches for Riteish’s versatility.

“From villainy to action in his upcoming Lai Bhaari, there’s nothing he can’t do! And with Bank-Chor, Riteish is in a zone that’s serious strength comedy! He adds the scale, madness and weight that the project deserves,” said Patil. “The audiences are in for one hell of a ride,” he added.

A comic-caper, Bank-Chor, is about three morons trying to rob a bank. They choose the worst day possible for the heist and get caught in the crossfire of cops, industrialists and corrupt political leaders.

Kapil had to leave because he was forced into a corner by the makers of his successful show Comedy Nights With Kapil. “Kapil was very clear that the only way he could accommodate a movie offer into his television commitments was if the channel agreed to convert the show from bi-weekly to weekly. In their defense, the channel was also very clear on not cutting Kapil’s show down by half, under any circumstance,” said a source, reported the Indian Express.

Kapil was not willing to run off to do a film at the cost of his television show and therefore, he pulled out of Bank-Chor.

Patil is producing the film and Bumpy is directing it. They will start shooting immediately as the plan is to release it in early 2015. 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2014.

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