Last week, Digital Spy reported, “Yash Raj Films recently confirmed it will be releasing Shekhar Kapur’s Paani in IMAX cinemas across India.”
Paani is the Hindi word for water.
Another article in Digital Spy has noted, “Paani is set in a future world ravaged by water shortages. Two young lovers trigger a war that will break the iron grip of the conglomerates and return water to the people. It has been widely reported that Hrithik Roshan is being considered for the lead role.”
In May 2010, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow spoke alongside Kapur at a media conference for the film at the Cannes Film Festival in France. That June, the Ottawa Citizen reported, “Kapur calls it his ‘passion project’ and credits Barlow’s book Blue Covenant for giving him a major piece of inspiration. …Kapur found Barlow after meeting documentary maker Irena Salina and seeing her film Flow.” Kapur said, “I have been wanting to make this movie for a long time. Irena said ‘you have to read Maude’s book’. Blue Covenant was the spark that coalesced the idea.”
In March 2011, Kapur completed the script for the film.
In December 2012, it was confirmed that Kapur had found a producer for the film, Aditya Chopra at Yash Raj Films.
IMDb now lists 2015 as the release date for Paani.