Deepika Padukone Karan Johar Shakun Batra

Amidst all the rumours regarding her next film, Deepika Padukone recently revealed at the opening session of Jio MAMI Movie Mela that she has finally found a romantic film that she was lately waiting to do. “I have found a film that I am likely to do early next year but it’s not light. It’s still a messy romance, it’s quite dark but still in the romantic space,” the actress said without divulging more details.


Now, Bollywood Bubble has exclusively learnt that Deepika is collaborating with Karan Johar for the “dark but set in the romantic space” film she talked about last week. Dharma Productions’ in-house director Shakun Batra who has directed films such as, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ of 2012 and the unpredictable family drama ‘Kapoor & Sons’ of 2016 for the banner will be directing this yet-untitled movie featuring DP. Although the details of the project including the plot are yet unknown, we heard that the film will go on floors after Deepika’s Meghna Gulzar directed ‘Chhapaak’ releases in January 2020.

Deepika has been rumoured to be a part of many films as of late. The strongest rumour of them being Luv Ranjan’s romantic drama with Ranbir Kapoor. However, it seems she has instead picked Shakun Batra’s film that marks her second collaboration with Karan Johar’s production company after the huge success of Ayan Mukherji’s film, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’.

Deepika is said to have greenlighted this film and the official announcement will be made as soon as the paperwork is done.

Deepika’s this film comes as a respite for Shakun Batra after his ambitious film based on the life of the controversial Godman Rajneesh aka Osho was shelved earlier this year. The biographical drama was supposed to star Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt in the leads, but the project, our sources say, has been indefinitely put on hold until everything doesn’t fall in place as a film of this scale requires time and effort, the right kind of infrastructure and people to execute it as envisioned.

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