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How Omung Kumar came to direct ‘Bhoomi’

Filmmaker says it was actor Sanjay Dutt who asked him to helm the movie

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Mumbai: Filmmaker Omung Kumar during the party hosted by him on winning National award for best film Mary Kom, in Mumbai on May 12, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Filmmaker Omung Kumar is excited about his upcoming venture Bhoomi, the much-awaited comeback film of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt.

Initially, Kumar was just supposed to produce the film and it was Dutt who suggested he direct it.

Asked what made him choose Dutt to play the angry father, Kumar said: “Initially I went to Sanjay sir along with Sandeep [Singh, writer and one of the producers of the film] to narrate few stories that we had.”

“Out of them, Sanjay showed interest in Bhoomi. He liked the script and he wanted it to be his comeback film. We were so happy to know that.”

“Then, he asked me if I would like to direct the film — who would say no to that? Directing Sanjay Dutt is a dream for any director. So I said yes. It is an honour for me to work with him,” said Kumar.

Asked what the audience can expect from Bhoomi, Kumar said: “A new Sanjay Dutt, that we have never seen before, as a performer. He is playing his age and the role is highly performance oriented. I offered an actor a role that he has never done before, something that will be marked as iconic for the next 10 years of his journey as a performer.”

Bhoomi releases in the UAE on September 21.