Filmmakers Aditya Dhar and Ronnie Screwvala have teamed up once more. With the release of their grandiose mythical sci-fi film The Immortal of Ashwatthama being postponed by a year, the two are now teaming up to develop a film. According to reports, Aditya and Ronnie are planning to resurrect the former’s Raat Baaki, which was intended to be his directorial debut in 2016, but was shelved due to rising political tensions between India and Pakistan.
“Aditya Dhar is turning producer and has set up a production company named Aditya Dhar Films. His brother Lokesh Dhar is his business partner in this new venture located in Bandra Suburban. Raat Baaki will be their first production film and they have teamed up with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Productions to back it. Aditya’s actress wife Yami Gautam and Scam 1992 breakthrough star Pratik Gandhi will play the lead roles in this romantic-comedy written by Aarsh Vora,” a source close to the development told Peeping Moon.
It is also known that Aditya Dhar would not direct it this time, instead entrusting the task to his friend Rishab Seth, who directed YRF’s debut television show, Rishta.com, for Sony TV. This film’s pre-production has already begun, and it will begin shooting in January of next year, with a 50-day schedule planned in Delhi and Mumbai. The film is an action rom-com in the vein of Steve Carell’s 2010 American comedy Date Night, about a young couple’s disastrous one-night stand.
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Raat Baaki was previously in the works, with Katrina Kaif and Fawad Khan of Kapoor & Sons in the lead roles. However, once Pakistani musicians were barred from working in India in the aftermath of the Uri incident, it was put on hold. After that, Aditya made his directorial debut with Uri: The Surgical Strike, starring Vicky Kaushal.