News|July 11, 2012 12:01 pm

Vidhu Vinod Chopra will not be producing buddy Hirani’s film!

The director’s next film starring Aamir Khan in the lead will see him move away from buddy Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who will stay on board only as a presenter.

Despite a successful collaboration on their Munna Bhai franchise and more recently, 3 Idiots, Vidhu Vinod Chopra will not produce buddy Raj Kumar Hirani’s ambitious next starring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma.

The film titled Peekay will instead see Hirani donning the mantle of producer while Chopra will remain on board only as a presenter.

A source said

Of course, Hirani will direct the film as well. And while VVC (as Vidhu is better known) will only be a presenter, it does not imply he won’t be involved with the film. Simply put, Peekay will release as: Presented by Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films.

Peekay will be flagged off by end this year under Hirani’s independent banner christened Raj Kumar Hirani Productions, the source said.

However, it has been believed that Hirani and VVC going separate ways doesn’t mean there is any animosity between them. As things stand, Hirani may continue to operate out of VVC’s office like earlier times.

As our source pointed out,

It’s a natural progression for Hirani. After 3 Idiots, he was inclined to produce a film alone. He had harboured these intentions for quite some time, and now it is actually happening.

So, why isn’t VVC producing Peekay if all is well between him and Hirani? The source claims Hirani would have loved to have VVC as producer, but the hitch was VVC is now involved with the pre-production of Chithiyan, which he wants to start rolling in the next four months.

VVC doesn’t want to be involved in producing two films at the same time. So, he sat down with Hirani last week and it was decided amicably that both Chithiyan and Peekay would go on floors this year itself. Aamir had already allotted dates to Hirani for Peekay. It would have been too long for Hirani to wait for the completion of Chithiyan.

said the source.