Newcomer Zoya Hussain, who impressed the audience and critics alike with her debut performance in the Anurag Kashyap directorial ‘Mukkabaaz’ (2018), has bagged her second Bollywood film. While her debut movie was made on a moderate budget, her next is going to be mounted on a lavish scale and will star superstar Saif Ali Khan as her leading man. Tentatively titled ‘Battle Of Buxar’, the big-ticket film will be helmed by director Navdeep Singh who rose to fame after directing Anushka Sharma’s critically and commercially successful movie ‘NH10’ (2015).
Besides Zoya Hussain and Saif Ali Khan, ‘Mukkabaaz’ also features popular film and television actor Manav Vij in a pivotal role. Vij has been roped in to play the same character which was earlier offered to multi-talented R. Madhavan. However, Maddy had to opt out of the project due to his deteriorating shoulder injury.
‘Battle Of Buxar’ is being bankrolled by Aanand L Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions. The filmmaker is extremely happy about roping in Zoya and Vij in the movie. Expressing his delight, he says, “It is an absolute delight to have Zoya Hussain and Manav Vij on board for this film. Both are commendable actors and have a strong grasp over the core of their characters. Their approach towards prep work says it all,” he said in a statement.
In order to get into the skin of her character, Zoya has reportedly learned horse riding and Vij, on the other hand, underwent a complete transformation for his character in the movie.
‘Battle Of Buxar’ is expected to mount the shooting floor in the second quarter of 2018.