Nitesh Tiwari’s ambitious Ramayana trilogy will not begin production as anticipated in the middle of next year. The mythical drama has been postponed again again to fit the schedules of its star actors, Ranbir Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan, who will be busy with several projects throughout next year. With Ramayana slated to begin production by the end of 2022, the filmmaker is now preparing another film in the interim.
Nitesh Tiwari has signed Varun Dhawan and Janhvi Kapoor to play the leads in his next film, which will be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, according to a portal. It’s Tiwari’s first collaboration with Varun after the 2019 smash hit Chhichhore, and Varun’s fourth following Dishoom, Kalank, and Judwaa 2, while Janhvi is collaborating with him for the first time. The yet-untitled film is believed to be an entertaining love story, however, the plot and other details have been kept under wraps at this moment.
“Varun Dhawan has been committed to a Sajid Nadiadwala film since 2020. They were collaborating for an unabashed commercial entertainer titled Sanki that was being directed by Kesari fame Anurag Singh. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic that brought a huge shift to the audiences’ taste courtesy of the boom of OTT platforms, Varun and Nadiadwala decided to call off the project and work on something else that’s not just a masala potboiler. And that’s when Nadiadwala pitched him Nitesh Tiwari’s film. When Janhvi was approached, she also gave her nod immediately and everything fell into place soon,” a source close to the development told Peepingmoon.
In the first quarter of next year, the Nitesh Tiwari film will begin shooting. Contrary to popular belief, Varun would first film this feature before moving on to Sriram Raghavan’s ambitious Arun Kheterpal biography, Ekkis. Before beginning the Nadiadwala production, Janhvi Kapoor is anticipated to finish Sharan Sharma’s heartwarming Mr. & Mrs. Mahi alongside Rajkummar Rao. Varun is also in talks with Mohit Suri and Rajkumar Hirani for an action-packed love story and a true-story-based slice-of-life drama, although neither project has been inked yet.