EXCLUSIVE: Aamir Khan to kick off Osho biopic in Pune Ashram this December

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Aamir Khan was believed to be starting work on his dream project, Mahabharata, after the release of Thugs of Hindostan this Diwali. But it now seems that the actor who was last seen in Secret Superstar in October 2017, has changed his mind and has pushed that ambitious project because things weren’t happening the way he wanted. Mahabharata will take quite a long time to roll and Aamir wants to do one or two films in between before he embarks on this epic series.

Aamir has apparently green-lighted the biopic on self-proclaimed godman Osho, earlier known as Bhagwan Rajneesh, that has been making news lately. While there was huge interest in the possibility of Aamir doing this film, there was no clarity on whether it would happen. PeepingMoon.com is in the position to tell you that Aamir is definitely doing the biopic on the controversial spiritual guru and it will go on the floors this year itself.

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A source in the know said, “Yes, it’s happening for sure. Shakun Batra, the writer, and director of such exciting Dharma Productions films as Kapoor & Sons and Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, is going to be directing the Osho biopic and has reportedly been working on its script for the past eight months. There was talk that Karan Johar might collaborate with Shakun to make this into web series but that is apparently not true. Shakun and Aamir are now convinced this is a film for the big screen audience."

According to this source, Aamir never signs a film after just reading the script. He needs to be fully convinced about every single detail of the project. But Aamir has okayed the script and is now working on the looks of characters and other details with Shakun and his team. The source added that Aamir will kick off the shooting for this yet-untitled project at the Osho Ashram in Pune this December. A major portion of the film will be shot at the ashram where Osho died on January 19, 1990, at the age of 58 due to heart failure. The makers are also planning to shoot in Jabalpur where Osho studied, Mumbai where he began his spiritual teachings and collecting followers in the 1970s, and Oregon in the US to where he shifted in 1981.

The preliminary preparation of the project has already begun. Aamir is reportedly meeting prosthetic experts to discuss the transformation he will have to undergo to slip into the skin of the character. The actor will be seen sporting many different looks as the biopic shows various sides and shades of Osho. The film will depict Osho’s rise as a spiritual guru in India, his relationship with his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela, and also show the psychological mechanism he used to control his followers. The official announcement on this film will come after the release of Thugs of Hindostan.

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