After making an official announcement on their next collaboration ‘Rannbhoomi’ with young Bollywood star Varun Dhawan in the lead role, filmmakers Karan Johar and Shashank Khaitan were on the lookout for the female lead. Looks like their search has ended on Sara Ali Khan. Buzz has it that the newcomer actress has been roped in to play the female lead opposite Varun Dhawan in ‘Rannbhoomi’. However, when Khaitan was contacted to confirm the news, he had something different to say, “No one is finalised. The story is in place, work on the screenplay is on. We will get down to casting once we are completely done with writing so that we can give proper narration as opposed to a one-liner.”
‘Rannbhoomi’ marks Shashank Khaitan’s fourth collaboration with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The director has helmed ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ (2014), ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ (2017) and the upcoming ‘Dhadak’ (2018) for the premiere production house. ‘Rannbhoomi’ is an epic war movie, a genre that Khaitan feels has not been explored much in Indian cinema.
“‘Baahubali’ is an example of a warrior film, it is an Indian film. We have explored that space in Hindi cinema with ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ (2008), ‘Padmaavat’ (2018), but we have not gone all out. The opportunity we are seeking right now is to create something new and be remembered for it. It is a great opportunity to have Karan backing it, and Varun ready to go with my vision,” said Khaitan.
Coming back to Sara, the actress is currently shooting for the second schedule of her debut film ‘Kedarnath’, co-starring Sushant Singh Rajput. Right after wrapping up ‘Kedarnath’ in next couple of months, she will begin to shoot for her second movie ‘Simmba’, under the direction of Rohit Shetty. Starring Ranveer Singh in the lead role, the film is being bankrolled by Rohit Shetty Pictures and Dharma Productions.