Acclaimed actor Tannishtha Chatterjee will soon be making her directorial debut starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Produced by Eros International, Rising Star Entertainment, Pankaj Razdan and Ravi Walia, the film (yet untitled) will go on floor this year.
Speaking on the association, Nawazuddin said, “Tannishtha and I have known each other for a long time. We have worked in a number of films as Co actors over the years. During all these films we have shared many exchanges about our favourite films stories et cetera. We share a wonderful creative rapport. So, it is only natural that we collaborate further. When we were shooting for Lion, Tannishtha told me a story which she had experienced herself. It really intrigued me, and I thought we should make a film of it. The idea started from there. We kept meeting and talking about it. And now here we are actually ready to execute that idea. Filmein aisi hi to banti hai?”
Director Tannishtha Chatterjee adds, “Nawaz and I share the most vibrant creative discussions. Over the years we have discussed our favourite films, music, stories. We have travelled to many festivals together. Our national award also came together. Through so many years of creative sharing we thought it is almost an organic culmination that we now tell a story which is ours – as in the kind of films we like to watch. During the shooting of Lion, I told Nawaz about a fantastic English book that I always wanted to adapt. And we discussed that for a long time. Then I experienced a very strange incident in one of my travels. I came back, and I told him about it. He was really intrigued, and we decided – yes that is the story to make. We will probably adapt that book some other time.
Ravi above everything else has always been a friend, so it was a natural choice to make my debut film with him. Pankaj connected to the story instantly and came on board with immense positive energy.
Ridhima is one of the most diligent and talented young film producers in our country I think. We have been discussing some ideas over last few months and then this is the one that was meant to happen.”
Commenting on the announcement, Ridhima Lulla, Chief Content Officer, Eros International, says “Both Tannishtha and Nawaz are extremely accomplished performers and it is very exciting to have such acclaimed talent come together in Tannishtha’s directorial debut, happy to come on board this wonderful project!”
Producer Ravi Walia added, “I’ve worked with Tannishtha in the past and we share a great rapport. The script and the project were an instant connect with our vision and I wanted to produce her directorial debut. This is the first time we are working with Nawaz and are very excited about the association.”
Producer Pankaj Razdan said, “Tannishtha and Nawaz are a talent powerhouse coming together. The script is brilliant, and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to create such a masterpiece and be a part of the film along with Ravi”.