Shashank Khaitan to direct Shanaya Kapoor, Gurfateh Singh Pirzada & Lakshya?

Jeetesh Luhar



Karan Johar, of Dharma Productions, has given directorial duties for Shanaya Kapoor’s debut film to his trusted filmmaker Shashank Khaitan. And within this film, Johar will also launch the careers of Gurfateh Singh Pirzada and Lakshya.

Johar announced the ambitious project back in March with the plan to take it into production in July. However, the film was delayed after the second wave of the pandemic swept the country and closed everything again, reports Peeping Moon.

Khaitan had also directed Kapoor’s cousin Janhvi Kapoor’s debut film, ‘Dhadak’ (2018), also with Dharma Productions.

The three stars for this new movie are said to have attended several acting workshops over the last seven months, and will kick off the shooting in December in Mumbai. Sources say that the film was initially to be directed by Paras Chakravarti, with Khaitan attached just as a producer. The replacement of Chakravarti is believed to have been an amicable and mutual decision. Sources said that Johar wanted an experienced director to launch the new generation of stars.

Meanwhile, Khaitan has recently completed his yet-untitled movie starring Vicky Kaushal, Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar. It is said to be the same film that was earlier planned with Varun Dhawan, Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar, with the title ‘Mr. Lele,’ before it was indefinitely stopped over script issues. It was revived with Kaushal earlier this year and has been majorly shot in Mumbai.

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