Following the completion of filming for Tumhari Sulu director Suresh Triveni’s Jalsa, the actress is teaming with Ellipsis Entertainment producers Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg on the 2017 social comedy. As previously stated, the film is a romantic drama centered on two couples, with Pratik Gandhi and Ileana D’Cruz playing the key parts. Now we learnt that the film’s production has commenced quietly in Mumbai.
According to our sources, the film is tentatively titled Lovers and began filming a few days ago in Mumbai. “Pratik Gandhi and Ileana D’Cruz are currently shooting their joint sequences and Vidya Balan will also join them in a few days. A 45-days schedule has been planned to shoot this film and while the first month-long schedule is happening in a Mumbai studio, the second major schedule will take place next month in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor. The makers are eyeing to complete this film by November-end and release it in theatres mid-next year,” a source close to the development told Peepingmoon.
We’ve also learnt that Arjun Rampal, who was slated to play a key role in the film, is no longer involved after talks fell through due to scheduling conflicts. Sendhil Ramamurthy, best known for his portrayal of geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC science fiction drama Heroes and the latest Netflix series Never Have I Ever, has been cast in the role. After his debut Bollywood appearance in Raj & DK’s 2011 crime drama Shor In The City, this will be Sendhil’s second Hindi project.
Lovers is billed as a slice-of-life drama that challenges a new-age premise to criticise social patriarchy. It’s expected to be a soul-stirring content-driven film that tackles a topic that hasn’t been explored much in Hindi cinema. With this film, written by Suprotim Sengupta and Eisha Chopra, Shirsha Guha Thakurta makes her directorial debut. It is co-produced by Swati Iyer Chawla, Tanuj Garg, and Atul Kasbekar.