February 23 : Rajkumar Hirani’s untitled film came to the fore when it was speculated that Shah Rukh Khan will make a comeback with this social comedy on immigration. After the debacle of Shah Rukh’s Zero in 2018, his fans, as well as the media, had started speculating Khan’s comeback with Hirani’s film. But since Hirani was taking time on the script, Shah Rukh started shooting for Siddharth Anand’s Pathan. The latest news is that Rajkumar has found the leading lady opposite Shah Rukh, and Taapsee Pannu seems to have bagged the role.
While Shah Rukh and Taapsee will act together for the first time, this will be their second collaboration. SRK and Taapsee had earlier worked together for Badla, which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee in the lead. The thriller was backed by Shah Rukh Khan’s production Red Chillies Entertainment.
Rajkumar Hirani’s social comedy will reportedly see Shah Rukh as an immigrant moving from Punjab to Canada. However, the makers of the film are yet to confirm the news officially. While Taapsee joining Shah Rukh is being strongly talked about in the industry and media circles, fans are expecting an official announcement soon. Industry insiders believe that after Pathan, Shah Rukh will start shooting for Rajkumar’s film, which is expected to release in mid-2022.
Meanwhile, while Shah Rukh is currently shooting for Pathan with Deepika Padukone, Taapsee Pannu has her hands full. After wrapping up Looop Lapeta, Rashmi Rocket and Haseen Dilruba, she is currently shooting for Anurag Kashap’s forthcoming film Dobaaraa. Pannu has also been roped in with Pratik Gandhi in Who Ladki Hai Kahan.
On the other hand, Rajkumar Hirani’s last directorial film was Sanju in 2018. The biogrophical comedy drama was written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, and was jointly produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banners Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films, respectively. The film, on the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, was the highest grossing Bollywood film in 2018.