We had reported earlier that Akshay Kumar will feature in an extended cameo after several names like Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgn did the rounds, in Tanu Weds Manu and Zero fame director Aanand L Rai’s film starring Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan. Rumour had it that the Housefull star readily agreed to the role without a second thought despite his busy schedule.
A post by Sara Ali Khan on Instagram this morning confirmed that the three would work together on the film titled Atrangi Re. The film is being bankrolled by Gulshan Kumar and Bhushan Kumar’s T Series, Aanand L Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions Pvt Ltd and Akshay Kumar’s Cape of Good Films.
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I can’t believe my luck 💫🌼☀️🌞🤩 My next film 🎥 🎞 : ATRANGI RE 👏🏻 Blessed to be working with @aanandlrai sir 🙏🏻 🤗 In an @arrahman musical 🎶 And so thankful to have @akshaykumar sir join hands with the extremely talented and incredibly humble @dhanushkraja and myself 🤝🤜🤛 Presented by @itsbhushankumar’s @TSeries, @cypplofficial & #capeofgoodfilms 💁🏻♀️ And written by Himanshu Sharma Sir 📝📚 CANNOT WAIT TO START🧿💙 And cannot wait to come ⏰ Again, on Valentine’s Day ❤️ 14th February 2021‼️
According to reports, the Dhanush-Aanand film will feature the three lead characters in a love triangle, similar to their earlier association Ranjhaanaa (2013), co-starring Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar, but the story of this film is said to be entirely different. While the rest of the cast and crew are yet to be announced, AR Rahman will be composing for the film written by National Award-winning writer Himanshu Sharma.
Akshay Kumar in an interview with Bombay Times had said, “I am thrilled to be working with Aanand L Rai, as I have always admired the way he has showcased his stories. When he narrated the film to me, I said ‘yes’ within 10 minutes. It is a challenging character to play, but at the same time, it is such a special role that my heart just couldn’t say no to it. I will remember it for the rest of my life. My combination with Sara and Dhanush truly makes it true to its title — Atrangi! And I know that Aanand, in his special and simple way of storytelling, will only add magic to it.”
“It takes a secure actor like Akshay to do such a role. He has been pushing the envelope and is always up for challenges. The Dhanush and Sara pairing is interesting and exciting. Fans will love the freshness these two will bring on the big screen,” said Aanand to Bombay Times.
Atrangi Re will go on floors soon and is slated for release on Valentine’s Day 2021.
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) January 30, 2020
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar whose last outing Good Newwz has joined the 200-crore club will next be seen in Rohit Shetty‘s Sooryavanshi, Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Prithviraj, Farhad Samji’s Bachchan Pandey, Ranjit Tiwari’s Bell Bottom, and Raghava Lawrence‘s Laxmmi Bomb.
Dhanush who saw two releases — Asuran and Ennai Nokki Paayum Thotta last year, is currently enjoying the success of his Pattas which hit screens for Pongal. The film will also release soon in Telugu as Local Boy. The actor recently won the Filmfare award for ‘Best Actor (Tamil)’ for his performance in Vada Chennai (2018) at the 66th Filmfare Awards South and the ‘Best Actor’ award for Asuran at the Ananda Vikatan Awards 2019 and at the Zee Cine Awards Tamil 2020.
Dhanush has also completed a film with Karthik Subbaraj and is currently filming for his next titled Karnan with Pariyerum Perumal fame director Mari Selvaraj. He will also be working on a film under Kalanithi Maran’s banner Sun Pictures, the director of which is yet to be revealed.
Watch the announcement video here: