Third time unlucky?

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Kajol’s third attempt to return to acting has met with a roadblock.


After two failed comeback attempts, Kajol got a third chance when hubby Ajay Devgn bought the rights of the 2014 Malayalam hit How Old Are You (earlier reviewed in Salt ’ n’ Peppa). The actress who has been on a break since the birth of the couple’s son, Yug, in 2010, was to topline the cast of its Hindi remake.


Now, the hitch is that Ajay wants a Bollywood director to helm the project, while the director of the original, Rosshan Andrrews has a clause in the contract with the film’s producer Listin Stephen, which gives him the ‘first right’ to direct its remakes. Andrrews even met Ajay and they discussed this issue before he flew off to Canada last week.


Reports confirm that Ajay wants Ashwini Dheer, who directed SOS: Son Of Sardaar for him in 2012, to wield the megaphone. While Devgn remained unavailable for comment, a source close to Andrrews said, “The Hindi version is now in a limbo.”


The Southern film revolves around 36-year-old Nirupama (Manju Warrier) who works in the Revenue Department. One day, she gets an opportunity to interact with the President of India but the disastrous outing makes her the target of Facebook trolls. Her husband and daughter then relocate to Ireland, without her. What follows is a journey of self-discovery.


Kajol, who has been planning her comeback for almost a year now, was quite taken by the Malayalam film.