The shoot of Dhanush–Akshay Kumar–Sara Ali Khan starrer Atrangi Re commenced on Thursday morning. Helmed by Tanu Weds Manu and Zero fame director Aanand L Rai, 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.
Colour Yellow Productions took to Twitter to announce the news.
The beginning of a new journey! @AanandLRai‘s directorial #AtrangiRe starring @AkshayKumar,@DhanushKRaja & #SaraAliKhan goes on floors today! An @arrahman musical. Presented by @itsbhushankumar‘s @Tseries @cypplofficial & #CapeOfGoodFilms, the film is written by #HimanshuSharma. pic.twitter.com/9fi2koXDsL
— Colour Yellow Productions (@cypplOfficial) March 5, 2020
After several names like Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgn did the rounds, it was confirmed that Akshay Kumar will feature in the film. Rumour had it that the Housefull star readily agreed to the role without a second thought despite his busy schedule.
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.
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 is slated for release during Valentine’s day 2021 weekend. The film will reportedly be shot within 80-90 days and wrap up in July.
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar whose last outing Good Newwz has joined the 200-crore club will next be seen in Rohit Shetty‘s Sooryavanshi whose trailer recently dropped, Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s Prithviraj, Farhad Samji’s Bachchan Pandey, Ranjit Tiwari’s Bell Bottom, and Raghava Lawrence‘s Laxmmi Bomb.
Dhanush was last seen in Pattas which hit 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 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 Jagame Thandhiram with Karthik Subbaraj, whose title motion poster was recently unveiled, and is currently filming for his next titled Karnan with Pariyerum Perumal fame director Mari Selvaraj. 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, the director of which is yet to be revealed.
Watch the title motion poster of Jagame Thandhiram: