The Love Aaj Kal couple, Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan, is back. They will star in a film to be produced by Saif's banner Illuminati Films and will start shooting in April 2011. The film was earlier supposed to star Imran Khan in lead and was to be produced by Dinesh Vijan but as it turns out, Saif is back in the project in the capacity of both, producer and actor. The untitled project has been scripted by Imtiaz Ali (Love Aaj Kal, Jab We Met) and will be directed by Homi Adajania (Being Cyrus). It will be shot in London, Spain and Delhi.
On bringing up parallels between this film and Love Aaj Kal, director Homi Adajania says, "It's a similar space from where Love Aaj Kal left off and then it roller-coasters from there. Imtiaz has given us a hysterical and open-minded celebration of relationships that explore the various choices that life may offer... and what people are willing to surrender for love or sacrifice for friendship."
Saif admits, "I was waiting for a script as contemporary and relevant as this to come my way and it has been worth the wait. I'm very excited about this story; it is romantic, funny and has a great balance of drama and entertainment. I've wanted to do a love story with a modern sensibility and treatment and I know that Homi will give us exactly that. I'm also looking forward to my pairing with Deepika again. She has a fantastic role in this and I think she has grown impressively since Love Aaj Kal and will handle it very well."
Talking about the film, Deepika says, "For me to do a romantic film is very exciting, and yet different, and to find a script like this, which is edgy and quirky, had an instant connect for me. It has a bit of everything, and I have seen Homi's Being Cyrus, and absolutely love his work. I have great respect for him and I'm confident, he is the perfect choice to direct this film. I haven't played shades of a character like this before. This film also marks the reunion of the Love Aaj Kal team, with Saif, Dinoo and me. I'm very excited to be working with Saif again, he is one of my favourite co-stars and I hope we can recreate the magic of Love Aaj Kal once again on screen."
Producer Dinesh Vijan is happy that they have taken their time and chosen their projects wisely. " At Illuminati, Saif and I have always wanted to develop projects of diverse genres and stories that we believe in... we want to take our time and create content that today's well-exposed audience might like. Imtiaz has given us a beautiful story, audience loved Saif and Deepika in Love Aaj Kal and I am happy that we could bring this pair together again," Vijan adds.