Sujoy Ghosh, who has worked in the mystery genre before with films like Kahaani (2012) and Badla (2019), stated in 2015 that he will be collaborating with Saif Ali Khan on a screen adaptation of Keigo Higashino’s most celebrated piece, The Devotion of Suspect X. However, for a variety of reasons, the project did not come to fruition. Sujoy, on the other hand, was not ready to let go of a story that has been hailed as one of the finest mysteries in recent memory.
Now, seven years later, the filmmaker is scheduled to direct the adaptation, and in a bizarre twist of destiny, it will be directed by him. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan’s wife and actress, will now star in the adaptation. The film, which also stars Jaideep Ahlawat and Vijay Varma, is set to begin production in March. Kareena’s first project since the birth of her younger son Jehangir will be this one.
Higashino’s novel tells the story of a single mother who kills her ex-husband by accident. Her mathematician neighbour assists her in covering up the murder, always staying one step ahead of the investigating officer.
Kareena Kapoor, who plays the lead, is said to have started filming the untitled project. According to a tabloid article, Kareena met Sujoy multiple times to discuss the film’s preparation and her look. Workshops for the cast will begin soon. If everything goes according to plan, the crew will travel to a hill station in West Bengal next month to shoot the film from beginning to end.
According to the article, Jaideep Ahlawat plays the character of the neighbour. Sujoy has braided a rich love story between the leads into the thriller, giving it a new dimension.