Deepika Padukone is all set for her second Hollywood project, an untitled cross-cultural love story that she will produce with STX Films and Temple Hill. It’s being billed as a romantic comedy set in New York and India, similar to Crazy Rich Asians. Now, we’ve learned that the film will be made on a $75 million budget.
“The team wants to make a visually appealing cross-cultural romantic comedy and are planning to shoot at virgin locations in parts of New York and India. Padukone aside, they are in conversations with some top actors from the West to come on board the project. The rest of cast, director and shooting timelines will be revealed in the months to follow, however, the studio has estimated the budget of this cross-cultural tale to be in the range of $75 million,” revealed a source close to the development to Pinkvilla. In INR, the budget comes in the range of Rs 550 crore, the source adds.
If everything goes according to plan, the film will be released next year. Deepika’s upcoming projects include director Shakun Batra’s untitled domestic noir, the espionage thriller Pathan, in which she reunites with Shah Rukh Khan, the slice-of-life comedy The Intern, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, and the aerial action thriller Fighter, in which she stars alongside Hrithik Roshan for the first time.
The actress also appears in Nag Ashwin’s futuristic sci-fi flick, which also stars Prabhas. Deepika also has a cameo in Rohit Shetty’s comedy of errors Cirkus, starring Ranveer Singh. The rumour is that she would reprise her role as Meenamma from Chennai Express for this special appearance.