9 January 2013 2:15 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

In what could be regarded as a major breakthrough in the alliance between commercial and off-mainstream cinema, avant-garde filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee who has earlier made out-of-the-box films for prominent production houses like PVR (Shanghai) and Balaji Films (Love Sex Aur Dhokha) has now moved into the super-league. Last week at a hush-hush meeting, Dibakar finally shook hands with Yash Raj's team after weeks of negotiation. He would be directing his next film, a whodunit set in Kolkata, for Yash Raj Films. Dibakar is part of Aditya Chopra's out-of-the-box talent-hunt for his production company. One learns from a reliable source at Yash Raj that negotiations are on with several other prominent young established filmmakers. Getting Dibakar Banerjee into Yash Raj was not easy. According to sources, the director, known to make austerely budgeted films, drove a really hard bargain with Yash Raj. Says the source, "Yash Raj was keener »


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