Saif Ali Khan, who is in London shooting for ‘Jaawani Jaaneman,’ will be seen as an Indian diplomat in his next film.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Khan will be seen playing the role of JP Singh, India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad, who was instrumental in bringing back a Delhi-based Indian girl named Uzma Ahmed from Pakistan, at the behest of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
In 2017, Ahmed met and fell in love with a Pakistani taxi driver named Tahir Ali in Malaysia, reports the Hindustan Times. She later went to Pakistan’s Buner area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to meet him. To her horror, she discovered that he was already married and a father to four children. She was reportedly forced to marry him at gunpoint.
The report adds that the rights to the story have been bought by Sameer Dixit, Jatish Varma and Girish Johar. It will be directed by Shivam Nair, known for making the Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu starrer ‘Naam Shabana’ (2017). The story is being adapted for the big screen by Ritesh Shah.
The report adds that when the story was narrated to Khan, he liked it and gave it a nod. Work on the film will commence in February – March next year and closer to the date, Khan will begin prepping for the role. The star has a number of interesting projects coming up. Apart from ‘Jawaani Jaaneman,’ he also has the second season of ‘Sacred Games,’ the hit Netflix show to follow.
Stick with BizAsiaLive.com for more updates.