R Balki is getting ready to direct his next feature. Akshay Kumar’s Padman, a biopic about Arunachalam Muruganantham, who made sanitary pads affordable to disadvantaged women, was his last directorial project. Another Punjabi superstar will star in Balki’s latest thriller, which is still untitled.
“Yes, Sunny Deol is in my film. I’ve never worked with him. I don’t know why I thought of him. But this was a role that needed a man with an understated machismo. Strong yet vulnerable. A man of a few words whose presence alone makes people pay attention to him. Sunny can command respect without raising his voice or fists. I wanted that personality for this character,” says Balki.
The film will also have his first collaboration with Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan. “Dulquer is one of the most talented actors today. I wanted to work with him for the longest time. This thriller requires Dulquer presence. His fans will see him in an entirely new light,” reveals Balki.
The filmmaker also revealed that Amitabh Bachchan is also a part of his thriller. He said, “He has to be there. I’ve cast him in every single film of mine beginning with Cheeni Kum where he was the lead to Padman where he made a special appearance. In my thriller, Mr Bachchan will come in at a crucial juncture in the plot. His presence would be decisive, as it always is in my cinema. I’d never cast him just for the sake of casting him.”