After Kaala Patthar (1979), Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) and the recent Gunday, Bollywood will soon see another movie based on India’s coal mafia. Director Asshu Trikha’s next, Koyelaanchal, is set in the coal mines of Jharkhand. This Vinod Khanna and Suniel Shetty film deals with politics, bureaucracy and labour issues.
The filmmaker says, “I told Anna (Shetty) that the hero in my film is an IAS (Indian Administrative Services) officer. The role didn’t require him to bash up people like he does in action films. He heard the script and said yes instantly.” To fit into the character, Suniel worked on his look and diction.
Later, over a phone call, Trikha offered the negative role to Khanna — he had first worked with the actor in his directorial debut Deewaanapan (2001). “Vinodji asked me how negative the role is. Once I narrated the script, he agreed,” he says.
Once the main actors were on board, everything fell into place. Filming began last November and was wrapped up in about 45 days. Though they shot in Naxalite-hit areas like Ramgarh, Argada and Hazaribagh, the director is happy no untoward incident took place.