Alia Bhatt to play Kashmir resident in Meghna Gulzar's next to be produced by Karan Johar?
Alia Bhatt has been approached to play a Kashmir resident torn between her husband, a Pakistan army officer, and her nation during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Among the new crop of actors, Alia Bhatt has done more films under her mentor Karan Johar's Dharma Productions than anyone else. While she waits for her next under the banner, Ayan Mukerji's Dragon, to go on floors in September, she is also reading other scripts.
DNA reports that she has been approached by filmmaker Meghna Gulzar for her next, a period espionage thriller based on Harinder Sikka's book Calling Sehmat. The film is set in 1970 on the eve of the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Alia has been offered to play the protagonist, a resident of Kashmir married to a Pakistan army officer. She is torn between her duties of a wife and a citizen of India. The film is not a war drama as it just documents the factors that led to the war.
Bollywood Hungama reports that Alia was not very keen on doing the film after the first reading. However, now that Karan has come on board and opted to co-produce the film along with Junglee Pictures, she has reconsidered.
Since Karan and Alia have given collaborative hits like the 2012 romantic comedy Student of the Year, Gauri Shinde's slice of life drama from last year Dear Zindagi, Abhishek Varman's 2014 romantic comedy 2 States, Shashank Khaitan's Dulhania franchise and Shakun Batra's family drama from last year Kapoor & Sons, Alia might have a sound reason to give her nod to Meghna.
All three of them - Meghna, Karan and Alia - are industry kids, of lyricist Gulzar and Rakhee Gulzar, filmmakers Yash and Hiroo Johar and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actor-filmmaker Soni Razdan respectively. They will make for a formidable trio in case Alia agrees to be a part of the project.
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