Tahir Raj Bhasin has been confirmed to play the lead in late actor Sunder Shyam Chadda’s biopic.
Mumbai Mirror reports that the film will be directed by Nandita Das. Confirming the news, Das told the publication, “As you might know, I had been looking for Shyam for a while. I needed someone who has the charm and attitude of a star, yet is gentle, humble, genuine and above all, a good actor. Tahir seems to have all these qualities, and rather naturally. Also, he resembles Shyam who was destined to be a huge star had he not fallen off the horse and died at 36.”
Bhasin will star in the film with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Talking about the collaboration, Das added, “The rest I know will happen organically on the day,” she asserted, adding that it was a delight to rehearse with the two actors who are both natural, funny and already comfortable with each other. “We will be doing more rehearsals once Nawaz is done shooting for Munna Michael. I am looking forward to watching the relationship between Manto and Shyam unfold,”
The film goes on the floors later this year.