Tigmanshu Dhulia is out of Mumbai in the tranquil wilderness of the Jim Corbett National Park on a very special assignment. He is currently scripting a new version of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 sex comedy Shaukeen which goes on the floors early next year. Interestingly Tigmanshu is only scripting the new Shaukeen and not directing it. Rumi was to originally write the new version of Shaukeen. But now it’s Tigmanshu. Says the writer-director, “My friend Rumi is directing the new version of Shaukeen. I am only scripting it.
The challenge is to contemporise and update the original screenplay without losing any of the original flavour.” Basu Chatterjee’s Shaukeen was a sex comedy about three old men played by Ashok Kumar, AK Hangal and Utpal Dutt, lusting after a young girl (Rati Agnihotri). While Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Anupam Kher will play the dirty old men in the new Shaukeen, Nargis Fakhri plays the object of their adoration. “
The challenge,” says Tigmanshu, “is to keep in mind the changing sexual mores, and yet not lose the original flavour. I am trying my best.”