Known for a series of gritty and thought-provoking Hindi films such as ‘Vaastav’ (1999), ‘Astitva’ (2000) ‘Kurukshetra’ (2000), National Award-winning filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar is all set to begin his second inning in Bollywood as a director. The director, whose last Hindi directorial was ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’ (2005), is returning to Hindi films after a massive gap of 13 years. According to latest reports, the director has roped in action star Vidyut Jammwal to play the male lead in his comeback venture.
“We have had several narrations with Vidyut over the last four months and he loved the script. He plays a well-educated and suave NRI, who, after returning to his hometown of Mumbai, gets caught in a tricky situation. His look completely changes in the film as he gets kicking and punching,” reveals producer Vijay Galani.
After taking a break from Hindi films, Manjrekar invested himself in Marathi cinema and went on to direct critically and commercially successful Marathi films like ‘Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho’ (2010), ‘Kaksparsh’ and ‘Natasamrath’ (2016), to name just a few.
Galani adds that Manjrekar’s next boasts of a powerful script and will be as intense as ‘Vaastav’. “Now, he is returning to Bollywood with a powerful script that he has been working on for a couple of years. We will be exploring locations in and around Mumbai that have never been seen on screen before. The film will have an intense Vaastav-like feel to it since it is an equally edgy and action-packed drama,” he added.
Besides Vidyut Jammwal, the forthcoming untitled gritty family drama also features veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Amol Palekar in pivotal roles. The duo last worked in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Paheli’ (2005) and is reuniting after 13 years. Prateik Babbar and Jishu Sengupta will also be seen in important roles.