Rani Mukherjee’s Mardaani 2 went on floors yesterday. The sequel to her 2014 film will be directed by Gopi Puthran who replaces Pradeep Sarkar.
Yash Raj Films, the production house bankrolling the project put out a working still on social media featuring the actress in the look of her character Shivani Shivaji Roy from the movie. She played a Senior Inspector in the original film.
#RaniMukerji starts shooting for #Mardaani2 | @Mardaani2 pic.twitter.com/RN31v5sVWZ
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) March 27, 2019
The sequel was officially announced by the makers in December. “Mardaani is and will always be extremely close to my heart… Gopi has written an extraordinary script that we all love and I can’t wait to start shooting this film soon,” the actress had said in a press release.
The original film, directed by Pradeep Sarkar with whom the actress had worked on Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag, marked the debut of actor Tahir Raj Bhasin. Bhasin, who played the antagonist in the movie, was appreciated for his performance of the leader of a human-trafficking chain. He has since gone on to star in movies like Force 2, Manto and the upcoming Chhichhore.
About the antagonist of the sequel, Mukerji said: “Shivani will face a cold, merciless villain who has no empathy, no fear of God and is pure evil. The character has been written superbly and I’m excited to find out who the actor will be.” Mardaani 2 will be directed by Gopi Puthran who had written the script for the original movie.
It was reported that the security in the shooting sets was beefed to prevent leakage of information. “The security has been doubled because the makers do not want anything to leak from the sets as happened with Thugs of Hindostan. It is also a night shoot that went on the floors on Saturday and there are a few surprises in the film’s casting that the makers are guarding,” a source was quoted in an India Today report.
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