Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 16, 2017)

Mirror had earlier reported (May 31) that Sanjay Dutt is set to feature in Aarambhh Singh’s directorial debut Malang, produced by Omung Kumar and Sandeep Singh. Now, we hear the film’s team is approaching Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the female lead on the recommendation of Sanjay, who worked with her in the 2005 thriller-drama, Shabd. They’d also shared screen space in the 2002 Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi.

“Yes, Sanjay sir is keen on Aishwarya, we want to replicate their Shabd chemistry in our romantic-thriller. He plays an investigative officer and will require an actress who is physically fit as she is involved in the action too,” said Aarambhh, adding that the film will roll in December and they are currently in the process of completing the screenplay. “The idea is not only to keep the audience on the edge of their seats but also give them a new definition of love as Sanjay sir will be seen in a love story after a while.”

It will be completed in two long schedules, shot entirely in Varanasi and Shimla. Dutt had earlier told Mirror, “I was completely bowled over by the script, it is an incredible love story set by the Ganga with the right touch of suspense and drama.”

Meanwhile, he is set to join wife Maanayata and kids, Shahraan and Iqra, who are holidaying in Europe, before he kick starts the shoot of Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.