Filmmaker Anand L Rai is noted for his twin abilities of shaping strong female characters and depicting small towns with heartwarming beauty. While the lead actress of his next with Shah Rukh Khan remains a mystery, the setting of the film has been revealed.
According to a report by Pinkvilla, Rai has left for Meerut, a small town in Uttar Pradesh for a recce. He will be in the city for the next five days to scout for locations and familiarise himself with the culture and the people of the town.
If all works well, this will be the third city of Uttar Pradesh that Rai will shoot in, following Kanpur in the Tanu Weds Manu franchise and Varanasi in Raanjhanaa. Going by his track record, it is quite evident that Rai knows the heart of these small towns inside out, and he will do complete justice to Meerut in his next.
This film will mark his return to direction after Tanu Weds Manu Returns, since his last two outings, Nil Battey Sannata and Happy Bhag Jayegi, were in the capacity of a producer.
For the uninitiated, this is the first time that Shah Rukh Khan will collaborate with Rai and he will play the role of a dwarf in this romantic film. Khan recently completed the shooting schedule of The Ring, his third film opposite Anushka Sharma, directed by Imtiaz Ali, in Prague.
Now that he has returned to India, SRK is likely to start promoting his upcoming releases Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi with Alia Bhatt and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees which are set to release on 25 November and 26 January, 2017. After the promotions, he is likely to start shooting for Rai’s film in Meerut.
Anand L Rai’s untitled next with Shah Rukh Khan is slated to release on 21 December, 2018.