After gap of three years, director Priyadarshan will return to Bollywood with a new film. The filmmaker has roped in actors Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal for the project. The duo were a part of Priyadarshan’s highly-successful Bollywood comedy, Hera Pheri (2000).
The new film, which is touted to be a comedy-entertainer, will be produced by director Rohit Shetty. A source close to Priyadarshan said that the shoot might begin in January, 2017.
Akshay Kumar is one of Priyadarshan’s regular collaborators. Together, they have delivered many hit movies such as Bhagam Bhag, De Dana Dan, Garam Masala and Bhool Bhulaiyya. Currently, the actor is working in Shankar’s Robo-2, starring Rajinikanth. “In Priyadarshan’s film, Akshay Kumar sports a look way different from that in Robo-2. If the shooting of the latter gets further delayed, the Bollywood project might not begin in January as planned,” said the source.
The announcement of the new project comes at a time when Priyadarshan’s latest Malayalam film Oppam is continuing its successful run at the box-office. The crime-thriller, starring Mohanlal, Meenakshi and Samuthirakkani, has impressed the critics and the audience alike, and has emerge as the front-runner among the Onam releases in the state.
Also, Silasamayangalil, the director’s off-beat Tamil film, has made it to the final round of selections in the prestigious Golden Globes Awards. The film, which stars Prakash Raj and Ashok Selvan in the lead roles, is on AIDS. Apart from these, Priyadarshan also has two more Bollywood projects coming up, the details of which are not known yet.
The director’s personal life, too has been making news of late. Recently, Priyadarshan and his estranged actress-wife Lissy legally separated after 25 years of marriage.
Lissy’s public statement, post divorce, had described the divorce as an ‘ordeal’. After a long legal battle, an amicable settlement was made. Priyadarshan transferred the ownership of the preview theatre Four Frame Entertainment and Dubbing to Lissy; following which the divorce was finalised.