After taking a good seven-month break from the big screen, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has now signed filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s next, which is titled, Fanney Khan. This is the first time that the actor is collaborating with the director, who earlier worked with her husband Abhishek Bachchan in Delhi 6. Though details about the film and Aishwarya’s role are till kept under wraps.
The film will be produced by Kriarj Entertainment, the company behind Akshay Kumar’s Rustom that earned him the National Award for Best Actor. The confirmation on Aishwarya’s casting came from Kriarj Entertainment. Rakeysh’s last big screen outing, Mirzya, didn’t do well at the box-office. It starred newcomers Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in lead roles.
Fanney Khan marks the directorial debut of Atul Manjrekar, who has been a part of the ad world for a decade and is a long-time associate of Mehra. The film will be entirely shot in Mumbai and is expected to go on floors this year end.
Producer Bhushan Kumar said, “We are committed to making concept driven films and are happy to associate with Prerna Arora’s KriArj Entertainment for a content driven film like Fanney Khan.”
While Mirzya came three years after his successful film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, tRakeysh Omprakash Mehra’ has taken only a few months to announce Fanney Khan. Aishwarya was last seen in Karan Johar’s hit relationship-drama, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that released last Diwali, in October. In a recent media interaction, Aishwarya said that she was happy to take a break after Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and she needed to give time to her personal life. The actor lost her father in April this year.
Now, it seems Aishwarya is geared up to get back to work. Since her comeback to the industry, post maternity break, her filmography has only had projects with meaty roles – whether it’s Jazbaa, Sarbjit or Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. While Jazbaa and Sarbjit didn’t perform according to expectations, Aishwarya managed to earn praise for her work and also for choosing performance-oriented characters.