Ananya Panday, Akshay Kumar to co-star in Karan Johar's next?
If recent reports are to be believed, we may see Akshay Kumar and Ananya Panday in Karan Johar's next, titled The Untold Story of C Sankaran Nair. The biographical drama is based on the life of the lawyer and former Indian National Congress President, C Sankaran Nair. The courtroom drama will likely begin rolling once Kumar wraps up the Soorarai Pottru Hindi remake.
- This will be the first time the Welcome actor will be teaming up with Ananya Panday.
- This will be Panday's third collaboration with Johar after Student of the Year 2 and Gehraiyaan.
- Debutant Karan Singh Tyagi, who has been groomed by Dharma Productions, will be helming the project.
- Kumar has previously been a part of courtroom dramas such as Jolly LLB 2 and Aitraaz.
As per Mid-Day, Kumar will be seen as Nair, the titular lawyer-activist, while Panday, too, will be portraying the role of a headstrong advocate. The report divulged that while the 23-year-old is yet to officially sign, everything is more or less sealed. The film derives its source material from The Case that Shook the Empire, authored by Raghu Palat and Pushpa Palat in 2019.
The book's complete title is The Case That Shook the Empire: One Man's Fight for the Truth about the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. It chronicles one of the longest and most widely reported trials in world history. Nair had penned Gandhi and Anarchy, which invited the wrath of Michael O' Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, for openly talking about the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
Panday is currently working on Liger, where she will be sharing screen space with Vijay Deverakonda (in his Hindi debut) for the first time. Legendary boxer Mike Tyson is also slated to be a part of the film in an extended cameo. Meanwhile, Kumar, who was recently seen in Samrat Prithviraj, will soon return to the screen with Rama Setu, Raksha Bandhan, and Selfiee.