Keeping his collaboration with Shahrukh Khan for 2 States on the back-burner, Vishal Bhardwaj's has moved on to finalise his main cast of his next film. The film will star his good friend Ajay Devgn and the talented actress Anushka Sharma.
It is reported that the actress wanted to work with Vishal and as soon as she got the offer she accepted it. "I loved Anushka in Band Baaja Baraat. But more than that, I can't forget her very impressive debut in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. She is one of the finest actresses amongst the new lot," Vishal told Mumbai Mirror. "She was always my first choice for the film. I know her socially, and thought she would be perfect as Ajay Devgn's love interest in the film," he added.
Bhardwaj's leading lady in his past couple of films was Priyanka Chopra, but after the failure of 7 Khoon Maaf, the filmmaker has planned to try other options. Vishal described his new film as a social satire, "a comedy with dark undertones," he says. The film will be co-produced by Vishal, Devgn and Kumar Mangat.
The film will tentatively go on air next year, mid-January. Vishal planned to work on this project after 2 States, a Sajid Nadiadwala production did not not move forward due to various reasons. "Vishal and Ajay met at the premiere of Pyaar Ka Punchnaama, a film produced by Kumar Mangat. They got talking there, and only a few days later, Vishal announced his new project with Ajay," a source told.
On 2 States, Vishal says that he is not abandoning the project and is only pushing it back for a while. "I've always wanted to work with Shahrukh Khan. We shall work together very soon."