Back in 2019, Aamir Khan was asked about his son, Junaid Khan’s, plans to venture into Bollywood. Aamir said that he was more interested in theatre than films. However, recent reports say that Junaid is now ready to be launched by Yash Raj Films in a period drama with Siddharth P Malhotra directing.
The current untitled movie is based on the 1862 Maharaj libel case, reports Mid Day. Religious leader Jadunathji Brijratanji Maharaj had filed a case against reformer-journalist Karsandas Mulji, for writing a “libellous” article in Gujarati newspaper Satyaprakash. Maharaj had alleged that the journalist’s claims that he had had sexual liaisons with women devotees were baseless.
Producer Aditya Chopra and Malhotra have envisioned the production as a big-budget drama that is authentic to the period at the time. A source close to the movie said, “Earlier, the team had locked a location in Bangur Nagar, Goregaon, to build the set. However, Adi sir felt the film would need a bigger set-up and finally zeroed in on Madh Island. The construction work will begin in a day or two. Siddharth is eyeing to take the project on floors by early 2021.”
With Junaid locked in for the role of journalist Mulji, Malhotra will finalise the remaining cast soon. The source added that Junaid will undergo workshops before facing the camera. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles before making his debut on the stage in 2017. Since then, he has featured in several plays including ‘Medea,’ which was directed by sister Ira Khan.
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