It was reported a couple of months ago that Bollywood director Abhishek Chaubey is following up his 2016 drug-drama “Udta Punjab” with a project revolving around Chambal dacoits and is set in the 1970s, with Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead. Now, Times of India reports that the film, produced by Ronnie Screwvala, will have Bhumi Pednekar as his leading lady.
“Like Sushant, Bhumi too plays a dacoit. She plays his love interest and gave the nod a month ago. The film will be shot in the Chambal ravines and will roll early next year. Abhishek and his team has already begun scouting for locations,” TOI quoted a source close to the development as saying.
Sudip Sharma, who has co-written the film with the 40-year old filmmaker, had earlier said that he had visited Chambal for the initial research and met some reformed dacoits from the time.
“Some of them have more than 80 murder charges on them. Everyone has heard horror stories about the dacoits of Chambal but I've realised the reality is quite different from what Hindi films portray. We aim to capture that reality,” he said.
Bhumi, who made her Bollywood debut with 2015 rom-com “Dam Laga ke Haisha”, is on a roll. Besides the forthcoming “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” with Akshay Kumar and “Shubh Mangal Savdhan” with Ayushmann Khurrana, the 28-year-old actress will also feature in Zoya Akhtar's next which is part of an anthology of four shorts directed by her, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, and Dibakar Banerjee.
Sushant, who has just returned from a trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is prepping up for Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan's space-adventure “Chanda Mama Door Ke”. He will soon kick off Abhishek Kapoor's “Kedarnath” with Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh's daughter Sara Ali Khan.