Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions is producing the period drama, Shiddat (working title), which is being directed by Abhishek Varman and rolls from next year. While the makers are yet to officially announce the film and the entire cast, sets are being made at Film City in Mumbai and ace designer Manish Malhotra is going to work on the costumes of all the characters which will be based in the 1940s.
A source informs a leading daily, “Shiddat is a big budget period drama, and a love triangle between Varun, Alia, and Aditya is set against the backdrop of the 1947 India-Pakistan partition. Few know that the film was Karan’s father Yash Johar’s dream project which the filmmaker had spent three months in Lahore researching on. There is a hero and anti-hero in the male leads and buzz is that Varun plays the anti-hero with grey shades while Aditya has been finalized to play the good guy and Madhuri Dixit Nene plays Alia’s mother. Even Sonakshi Sinha has a strong cameo in the film.”
Shiddat also marks the coming together of Sanjay Dutt and Sridevi after Gumrah (1993) which was, coincidently produced by Karan’s father, Yash Johar.