Arjun Rampal, the National award-winning Hindi actor, model and producer, began shooting on Monday for filmmaker duo Abbas Mustan’s upcoming Hindi film, Three Monkeys, in Mumbai.
The actor took to his Instagram page the same day and wrote, “Lights, camera, action. On set again. A new journey begins.”
As per a recent Pinkvilla report, Rampal’s character in Three Monkeys is “on the lines” of the Professor from Netflix’s Money Heist. The upcoming thriller is reportedly a ‘desi spin’ to the Spanish heist crime drama series and will also feature Abbas’s son and actor-assistant director Mustafa in the lead alongside Rampal.
Mustafa and two others will essay the roles of robbers. The three robbers and the professor will have a unique dimension, a source close to the development told Pinkvilla. “Abbas Mustan are masters at adapting international thrillers and they have brought in their own flavour to the narrative of Three Monkeys,” the source added.
The filmmaker duo famous for directing suspense, action and romantic thrillers is making a comeback with this film, five years after their last directorial Machine (2017).
Three Monkeys will be shot over the next few months at multiple locations, starting with Mumbai, and is expected to release in the second half of 2022.
La casa de Papel, the Spanish original series popularly known as Money Heist, was created by writer and producer Alex Pina. 15 episodes of the series aired on a Spanish television channel from May to November 2017 before Netflix acquired the global streaming rights in late 2017.
Re-cut into 22 shorter episodes and released worldwide, the first part of Money Heist premiered on Netflix in December 2017, followed by the second part in April 2018. After this, the streaming giant renewed the series and increased the budget for 16 new episodes – eight episodes each in Part 3, released in July 2019, and Part 4 in April 2020.
Netflix again renewed the series for a fifth and final part in July 2020. The final part is set to premiere on December 3.
The series centres around members of a gang recruited by the Professor, who carry out heists planned by him. Spanish actor Álvaro Morte plays the Professor in the series.
Netflix also recently announced that the series will be adapted in Korean with 12 episodes.