While only a few film industries (like Malayalam and Kannada) have been permitted to commence shoot owing to reducing coronavirus cases, Bollywood and Kollywood still seem to be under lockdown guidelines without any concessions. Making use of the hiatus, Bollywood producers especially, are charting out schedules for their films with the hope that they will be allowed to shoot at least by September-October.
Folllwing the crews of films like Bellbottom, Looop Lapeta, and Shabaash Mithu, the latest to plan out their schedule are the makers of Akshay Kumar–Dhanush–Sara Ali Khan starrer Atrangi Re. Helmed by Tanu Weds Manu and Zero fame director Aanand L Rai, the film which commenced shoot in March had to stall work owing to the nationwide lockdown. The team has now planned a three-month schedule commencing in October in Madurai followed by schedules in Delhi and Mumbai, reports Mumbai Mirror.
Atrangi Re will reportedly see no compromise in terms of schedules or locations and will be shot both indoor and outdoor as per the original plan. Although, the makers say, strict safety measures and guidelines laid down by the governments will be followed by all members on set inclusive of crew isolation that is imperative.
While Sara and Dhanush shoot in Madurai, Akshay Kumar will join the sets in Delhi and Mumbai for about a month. Aanand reportedly plans to wrap up the shoot by the end of the year if things go according to plan.
“We will be filming outdoors, but it’s going to be a very organised shoot. Everyone is aware of the risk involved in not following prescribed guidelines and we will try to wrap up in the minimum time possible,” Aanand said to Mumbai Mirror.
According to reports, the film will see both the lead actors romancing Sara parallelly but in different eras. Sara is believed to hail from Bihar and Dhanush from Madurai. The non-linear narrative will reportedly talk about how love is perceived in the North and South.
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. Cinematographer Pankaj Kumar is handling the camera for Atrangi Re and Irshad Kamil will be penning the lyrics.
Atrangi Re is slated for release during the Valentine’s day, 2021 weekend.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar whose last outing Good Newwz joined the 200-crore club will next be seen in Rohit Shetty‘l’s Sooryavanshi, Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Prithviraj, Farhad Samji’s Bachchan Pandey, Ranjit Tiwari’s Bell Bottom, and Raghava Lawrence‘l’s Laxmmi Bomb.
It is noteworthy that Laxmmi Bomb will hit Disney+ Hotstar directly soon. The announcement was made last month.
Dhanush was last seen in RS Durai Senthilkumar‘s Pattas which hit the screens for Pongal. The film also released in Telugu as Local Boy on 28 February. The film streaming on Amazon Prime saw Dhanush play a dual role and dealt with a forgotten art form.
Dhanush has also completed Jagame Thandhiram with Karthik Subbaraj, which is awaiting a release, and was filming for Pariyerum Perumal fame director Mari Selvaraj‘s Karnan prior to the lockdown. He will also be working on D43 with director Karthick Naren under the banner of Sathya Jyothi Films and for a film under Kalanithi Maran’s banner Sun Pictures.