Producer Gaurang Doshi – “No way am I selling my rights of Aankhen”

Producer Gaurang Doshi, who moved to Dubai some years ago, is both exasperated and amused by a report that he may have to sell the rights of Aankhen to another producer.

Producer Gaurang Doshi – “No way am I selling my rights of Aankhen”

“No way!”  Gaurang expostulates from Dubai.  “No power on earth can make me part with the rights for the remake. I am sending you legal proof of the fact that the rights for Aankhen are only with me. I would like to know from where this news of buying me off is coming? Obviously from the people who are interested in doing the sequel. I want to state once and for all, that the right to do the sequel to Aankhen is mine. Only I will do the needful.”

In 2002, Vipul Shah had directed the Gaurang Doshi produced Aankhen, a screen adaptation of the hit Gujarati play All The Best featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawail as visually disable men pulling off a bank heist. Ever since then Doshi has been unsuccessfully trying to put together a sequel.

Two years ago, Rajtaru Studios co-producers of Aankhen had announced  a sequel to be directed  by Anees Bazmi.

Anees had earlier said, “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 an NOC from Rajtaru. He insisted 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 mahurat ceremony attended by Bachchan Saab.”

It was then that Rajtaru Studios raised objection to Doshi producing Aankhen 2. Anees ha said in 2019, “Sadly Gaurang is no longer a part of Aankhen 2. It is being co-produced jointly by Rajtaru and Eros International.”

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan and Sidharth Malhotra to team up for Aankhen 2; Gaurang Doshi might have to part with rights

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