Yes, that is the list of the stars who will be part of Zoya Akhtar’s new multi-starrer family drama…
Zoya Akhtar has been toying with the idea of making a multi-starrer family film for a long time now. There was buzz that the director was planning to cast her favourite actors Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, then came reports of Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan being pitted against each other as siblings for the first time. But that didn’t happen; Ranbir backed out of the film, reportedly for lack of dates.
A few months ago Akhtar was not sure whom to cast as her lead actor; she had two options – Ranveer Singh and Pulkit Samrat (Fukrey). The filmmaker settled for the Ram-Leela star and then followed speculations as to who would play Singh’s love interest, with Anushka Sharma’s name being tossed in by the press once Kareena quit the project. Also, we heard that Anil Kapoor was likely to play Ranveer’s father, but Zoya had not decided who would work best as Singh’s mother – Sridevi or Madhuri Dixit Nene!
If a leading trade weekly report is indeed true, Zoya has pulled off a casting coup – the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara director has signed Jaanbaaz actors Anil Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia to play Ranveer’s parents and has roped in Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma for the roles of Singh’s sister and ladylove respectively. Hmm… quite an interesting line-up, Zoya! We hear that the film will begin shoots in April next year.
Though we will miss watching the Kapoor cousins Ranbir and Kareena onscreen together, it will be interesting to see Ranveer and Anushka create magic as a jodi after Band Baaja Baaraat. Veterans Anil and Dimple will be a cute older couple. But Priyanka as Ranveer’s sister? Yeh baat kuch hazam nahi hui! Do you think this relationship will work?