BollywoodLife has learnt exclusively that Suraj Sharma, who is best remembered for playing Pi in the Oscar-winning movie Life Of Pi (2012), is set to return to Bollywood. The actor was seen in two Hindi films, however, it was Anushka Sharma-starrer Phillauri which released in 2017 that got him acclaim in the country. Now, the actor is ready to sign his next project back in India. Sharma has been brought on board for Faraz Ansari's upcoming directorial. Titled Sabr, the movie will see Sharma playing the parallel lead. "His character will be a driver, who will be a straight ally of the queer lead character," a source close to the development reveals.
While the hunt for the lead character is still on, Sabr also features Shweta Tripathi and Shernaz Patel in pivotal roles. Interestingly, Suraj and Shweta will have a reunion on the sets. Earlier, the two did an independent movie together titled Illegal. "There characters would have some chemistry in the narrative," the source adds.
The 25-year-old was brought on board only in January as he loved the script. However, we couldn't reach out to the actor and the director for a confirmation.
Furthermore, it is still uncertain when the movie goes on the floors. The reason being, Faraz's difficulty to find a leading actor or a trans actor who can pull off the character. Earlier, we reported how Boman Irani, Naseeruddin Shah, and Rajat Kapoor all refused to play the transgender character since all of them were being homophobic. Meanwhile, Faraz is also trying to get Amitabh Bachchan on board for a short cameo so that he can spread more awareness. "The character, though in just a few scenes through the film, is perhaps the most unforgettable character of Sabr and someone the audience will take back home with, to remember on rainy days and starry nights, just the way one remembers our first love. Once I have the cast of Sabr locked, I will be approaching Mr Bachchan. Fingers crossed," Faraz told BollywoodLife in a report.
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