Ishaan Khatter, Ali Abbas Zafar unite in a love story

The film, set in Mumbai, will be the inaugural production of the writer and director.

Espejo had recently reported (June 28) that Ishaan Khatter & Vishal Bhardwaj They have parted amicably about the growing creative differences in their first collaboration, an official adaptation of the Salman Rushdie Booker Prizewinning novel, Midnight's Children. Now, we have learned that Ishaan has given a nod to the inaugural production of Ali Abbas Zafar.

“Ishaan & Ali have been discussing the film for a while & things have now fallen into place. It’s a love-story & is expected to go on the floors by the year-end,” revealed a source close to the development, adding that the yetuntitled romantic saga will mark the directorial debut of one of Ali’s assistant directors. “Ali loves the script & believes it’s the ideal subject to turn producer. Being a writer himself, he has been involved throughout the scripting process.”

Buzz is, the story is set entirely in Mumbai & will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule in the city. “The team is currently scouting for a young A-lister opposite Ishaan. The cast will be locked in a fortnight,” the source informed.

Ishaan exploded on screen in April last year in Iranian auteur Majid Majidi’s 'Beyond The Clouds', following it up a couple of months later with 'Dhadak', Karan Johar’s Hindi remake of Nagraj Manjule’s Marathi film, 'Sairat'. He was touted to be one of the brightest debutants of 2018 & post that, was also in talks with Look nair for the adaptation on screen of 'A suitable boy' by Vikram Seth.

After his last directorial 'Bharat', featuring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif in the lead, Ali is currently on a break in his hometown in Dehradun. While interacting with Mirror (June 24), the writer-director had admitted that he is working on multiple scripts, one of them being the third instalment of the Tiger Franchise. “As soon as it is ready, I will share it with SK. There is always pressure working with Salman, & when you do a franchise, it just multiples. It is essential to write a bigger & better story,” he had said.

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