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Diljit bags a Karan Johar film

July 19, 2018 14:57 IST

Priyanka plays mum to an 18 year old!
Bolly Gupshup with Subhash K Jha.

Photograph: Kind courtesy Diljit Dosanjh/Instagram

After his fine performance as hockey star Sandeep Singh in Soorma, Diljit Dosanjh's career in Hindi cinema is on a roll.

Diljit has caught the attention of some of Bollywood's biggest film-makers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Karan Johar.

While SLB is contemplating where to fit this 'incredibly honest actor' into his oeuvre, Karan has gone ahead and signed Diljit for a plum role in a film, to be directed by debutant Raj Mehta.

Mehta had assisted Shakun Batra in Karan Johar's Kapoor & Sons.

Diljit will share screen space with Akshay Kumar.

Apparently, Rajkummar Rao was the first choice for this part, but he could not adjust his dates.

Says a source close to the project, "It's a very powerful role, parallel to Akshay Kumar's part and very pivotal to the main drama. Akshay and Diljit are big fans of each other's work. So this is going to be one helluva team."


Priyanka plays mum to an 18 year old

Photograph: Abhijit Mhamunkar

Priyanka Chopra will play a mother in a film that tells the story of Aisha Chaudhary who died in January 2015 after a long and valiant struggle with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome, a severely debilitating condition caused by a lung disorder that obstructs breathing.

Aisha was only 18.

Her story will be brought to the screen by Director Shonali Bose, whose last film Margarita, With A Straw was also about a seriously debilitated real-life character.

While Zaira Wasim from Secret Superstar will play Aisha, Priyanka will play her mother, Aditi Chaudhary. Farhan Akhtar will play the girl's father.

Before she tragically lost the battle against her lifelong illness, Aisha wrote a book My Little Epiphanies, which will be a part of the film's narrative.

The Sky Is Pink will be Priyanka's second real-life character after playing Mary Kom.

Subhash K Jha