Upon celebrating his 70th birthday, veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has been confirmed to return to direction with ‘Sadak 2’.

The first cast picture of the film was also launched today, which will see a stellar cast come together including Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur. This is the first time Alia will be working with her father and her sister, Pooja. This will also be a reunion of sorts for Sanjay and Mahesh after ‘Gumrah’ in 1993.

As cited in DNA India, Mahesh said, “As I step into the sunset years of my life, the last act, there’s something that has happened to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I will ever hear the words — a Mahesh Bhatt film — mentioned around me again. Alia used to say, ‘Papa, make a film’. And I would tell her that I am like an extinct volcano. But then, suddenly one day, the volcano was rumbling. You know, they say that autumn is another spring, so as I go into my autumn years, it’s the process of what is called decomposition or decay, that too is a way of life.”

Talking about working with Dutt, Mahesh added, “Don’t forget that the two years he spent in jail haven’t been tapped into by anyone. And I know that buried in there is that unspoken anguish, which I had tuned in to during the making of Naam (1986). I think life has brought us a full circle. If there ever was an actor who has trusted me and went on to become a star purely because of his ability to surrender, it’s Sanju. He is like that lion, who perhaps can only be tamed by the language of love.”