Ananya Panday set to star in Zoya Akhtar's next directorial
After the superhit musical Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar is all set to bring to fans her next directorial feature. It has been reported that the filmmaker will team up with new kid on the block - Ananya Panday - for her next, marking their maiden collaboration. The movie is currently in the pre-production stage, and an announcement can be expected soon. Here's more.
Movie expected to enter production this year
A source informed Pinkvilla, "The film is presently in the pre-production stage so nothing much is known about it except for the fact that Zoya and Ananya have agreed to work together." "Ananya is a big fan of Zoya and is looking forward to working with the filmmaker. The movie is expected to roll sometime this year," the source added.
Panday also has 'Liger' coming up
Panday, 22, had made her acting debut with Karan Johar-backed Student of the Year 2, and went on to feature in films like Pati Patni Aur Woh and Khaali Peeli. She is currently shooting for director Shakun Batra's next, which also features Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi. She also has Liger, also featuring Telugu film star Vijay Deverakonda, in the pipeline.
A brief about Akhtar's career
Akhtar, the daughter of lyricist Javed Akhtar, had started her film career by working as an assistant director on brother Farhan Akhtar's films - Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya. She made her directorial debut with Luck by Chance in 2009, starring Farhan and Konkona Sen Sharma in the lead. She has also directed films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do, among others.
Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' bagged many awards
Akhtar's last feature film Gully Boy was a huge success and bagged various awards. It won as many as 13 Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, among others. It was also selected as the official Indian entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars.