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Actor and now CEO-cum-Editor-in-Chief of Yomics (graphic novels by Yash Raj Films), Uday Chopra has gone back to the drawing board or well, the storyboard. With the exception of Dhoom 3, where he shares acting credits with Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif among others, he is now devoting more time to business, rather than acting assignments. After announcing Yash Raj Films Entertainment, the flagship company's US division, he is co-producing Grace of Monaco, to be directed by Olivier Dahan and distributed by Stone Angels. He's now developing the comics business before zooming back to the USA for projects in the development stage
The announcement of the film at Cannes — which stars Nicole Kidman — was a fitting development for Bollywood's only mom-and-pop creative production house, which has made the successful transition to a new-age studio structure. There is also The Longest Week, a comedy starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde which is in the pipeline. But at present it is Yomics, Chopra's comic book venture that is his prime preoccupation. According to Chopra, it's a space that he really likes.
"It easy to do, it's fun, so why not try doing it?" he says. Chopra enjoys the fact that this allows him to
experiment with new stories and writers, a luxury that films with their prohibitive cost structures cannot afford. "It is still a risk, but the cost is really small and I feel that if I don't try it, I will never know."
It was back in 2007, when the actor was between films with nothing much to do, that he decided to write something just for fun. So he got down to creating the back story of Ali, his character in Dhoom.
"I started writing about who his mother was and why he talks to his mother all the time. There must have been some kind of a special relationship. What happened to him before he met Jay and all those kind of things. So, I decided to put together a comic book because that was an easy format for me to get into and see if it works."
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