Fans are always excited about watching old on-screen couples again on celluloid because such reunions evoke great nostalgia. After starring in a couple of films uptil the year 2008, superstar Sanjay Dutt and ‘Saudagar’ (1991) girl Manisha Koirala are reuniting once again, after a huge gap of 10 years.
A couple of days ago, we had told our readers that Sanjay Dutt is set to star in a South Indian remake called ‘Prasthaanam’. With this movie, Dutt is reviving his production house, Sanjay Dutt Productions Pvt. Ltd, after seven years. His banner has in the past co-produced films such as ‘Zinda’ (2006), ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ (2007) and ‘Rascals’ (2011). His next ‘Prasthaanam’, which is the Hindi remake of the 2010 Telugu family-drama ‘Prasthaanam’, also has Ali Fazal and Amyra Dastur in lead roles.
After finalizing Ali Fazal and Amyra Dastur, the makers have now cast seasoned actress Manisha Koirala in the role of Dutt’s wife. Sanjay and Manisha had first teamed up in the 1992 action film ‘Yalgaar’, and later starred together in ‘Sanam’ (1997), ‘Kartoos’ (1999), ‘Khauff’ (2000) and ‘Baaghi’ (2000). Their last film together was Afzal Khan ‘Mehbooba’, which released in 2008. “Manisha and Sanjay have known each other for many years and are excited to work together again. Manisha has really liked the script and immediately agreed to come on board,” informs a well-placed source.
Director Deva Katta, who helmed the original Telugu film as well, confirms the development, “Each character in ‘Prasthaanam’ has a very strong role to play for which we needed actors with great calibre. When the team came up with the idea of casting Manisha for the part of Sanjay’s onscreen wife, it felt like the perfect match. I am looking forward to directing them, especially since they are coming back together after 10 years.”
With Koirala’s casting, the team is done with the pre-production work and now the makers are set to begin the production on June 1 in Lucknow. June 1marks Sanjay Dutt’s actress-mother Nargis Dutt’s 89th birth anniversary.