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Exclusive | Dharmendra to Romance Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi in Karan Johar's Next Directorial

Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan.

Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan.

Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt to also star in the film, which will be officially announced by Karan Johar on July 6, which is Ranveer's 36th birthday.

Karan Johar has managed to pull off a casting coup of sorts for his next directorial film, which will be announced on July 6. The film-maker has got Bollywood legends Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi to headline his film, multiple sources told News18.

The film, which will mark Johar’s return to direction after five years, will star Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in lead roles.

When News18 reached out to Dharmendra, he confirmed, “Yes, I am doing the film. I am really excited to work with Karan.”

It is the first time that Dharmendra and Azmi will work with Johar, while Bachchan has been part of his directorial Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which released in 2001.

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“The film is a trademark Karan Johar romantic drama. All three veteran actors play a pivotal role in the film. Apparently, the film is going to be a mature love story and it will showcase a love triangle between the three veteran actors. Dharmendra, who is otherwise known as the he-man of Bollywood, will be seen playing a romantic character. He will be seen in an avatar which he hasn’t been seen in before,” multiple sources confirmed with News18.

Johar is back in the director’s chair after backing multiple projects under his production houses Dharma Productions and Dharma 2.0 and after launching Dharma Cornerstone Agency. The film-maker took to social media to share the news of him returning to direction after five years with a romantic drama.

“The announcement coincides with Singh’s birthday. Apparently, the title of the film is centred around the name of the lead characters played by Singh and Bhatt. The film will is expected to go on floors by September,” sources told News18.

Johar informed his fans on social media about the new film’s announcement. “This is the beginning of a new journey & my way back home – all at once. It’s time to go back to my favourite place, it’s time to create some eternal love stories from behind the lens. A very special story, truly immersed in the roots of love and family,” he tweeted.

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first published:July 05, 2021, 19:36 IST