Fans have celebrated Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara for years. But a lot of conversations have happened around why there is not a single true-blue Bollywood road trip film that features three leading ladies. Guess what? Bollywood has heard you. As Excel Entertainment celebrates 20 years, Farhan Akhtar surprised his fans with an announcement that has put a smile on everyone’s face. The actor is back on director’s chair for a female road trip story titled Jee Le Zaraa, starring a dreamy cast with Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt on board.
Farhan shared the news on his Instagram account. He wrote, “Thrilled to announce my next film as director and what better day than 20 years of Dil Chahta Hai to do it. #JeeLeZaraa with @priyankachopra @katrinakaif @aliaabhatt will commence filming in 2022 and I cannot wait to get this show on the road.”
Written by Zoya Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the film will release in 2023.
As soon as the makers announced the news, fans joined to celebrate. “OMG! Will be awesome to see you all in a film together. Can’t wait for this!” wrote a fan while another mentioned, “This is big!.”
Later in the day, Priyanka Chopra wrote a long post expressing how she ended up being a part of Jee Le Zaraa. She said she wanted to be a part of Hindi film which was “different, cool, never been done before.” Just like many, she also noted that there were not enough ‘all-female cast’ films in Bollywood, which led to an impulsive call from her end to her “2 real friends” Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif.
“Katrina, Alia, and I enthusiastically met in February 2020 (as seen in this picture), just before the world shut down, to discuss who we could trust to bring this vision to life for us and our choice was unanimous… Farhan and Ritesh, Zoya and Reema. We had all worked with @excelmovies and @tigerbabyfilms individually so this seemed perfect. It just so happened that Farhan was working on a female road trip movie at the same time! Talk about all the stars aligning! And here we are today… #JeeLeZaraa… it only took 3 years to align all our schedules but we stuck together and got it done! This one is to sisterhood… to friendship and to breaking the mould!! Can’t wait to get on the road with Aloo and Katty. My heart’s smiling,” she concluded.
The film marks Priyanka’s first collaboration with Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif. PeeCee has earlier featured in Farhan’s directorial venture Don, which starred Shah Rukh Khan. The two had also shared the screen space in Dil Dhadakne Do and The Sky Is Pink. Alia, on the other hand, had earlier collaborated with Tiger Baby Films for their award-winning film Gully Boy. Meanwhile, Katrina was a part of Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara.
Earlier in an interview with PTI, Farhan, who was last seen in Toofaan, had spoken about how his director side had taken a backseat “because of the interesting parts” he is being offered. “I do feel lucky with the kind of work I’ve gotten to do over the years. When things come your way, it’s difficult to say no because they’re so exciting. You have a design for your life but life has a design for you. So you have to find the right balance. But I have also been working towards my directorial (venture) while looking for acting opportunities,” he said.
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