For the first time Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor have been paired together for a film which is titled ‘Anjana Anjani’ (spellings may be changed as per the oracles’ advice to producers).
‘Anjana Anjani’ is produced by Sajid Nadiawala, who is known for producing Salman Khan films like Judwaa, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi and Jaan-E-mann. He has recently made two Akshay Kumar flicks Heyy Baby and the critically panned Kambakkht Ishq.
Director Siddharth Anand has been roped in to helm ‘Anjaana Anjaani’. The film reunites Ranbir Kapoor and Anand, who earlier worked in last year’s romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno. ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ has already begun pre production and begins filming this November. The film will be shot in exotic, glossy locales such as Los Anegeles, New York and San Francisco. Director Anand is known for creating technically sound, lush shots in his films Salaam Namaste, Tara Rum Pum and Bachna Ae Haseeno, ‘Anjana Anjani’ will in all probability follow suit. Shooting is expected to last 45 days with the final cut aimed at January 2010.
Priyanka Chopra has become one of the the hottest, most in-demand stars of Bollywood after three consecutive hits Dostana, Fashion and now Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey. The star not only cemented her status as a bankable romantic lead but also wowed audiences with her dramatic range in Fashion and Kaminey, the latter of which showcased her commitment to her roles (she hired a linguistic coach who trained her in perfecting her Marathi to play her character Sweety). Priyanka had also worked with Sajid Nadiawala in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi half a decade earlier.
Anjana Anjani is supposedly an offbeat romantic dramedy, the title of which is based on the popular song of the same name from Mani Ratnam’s 2004 flick ‘Yuva’. The song featured Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi, and Siddharth Anand reportedly wanted to cast Kareena in the lead role in his fim. Bebo however declined the offer due to scheduling conflicts. It will be interesting to see how Ranbir Kapoor manages to shoot for ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ since he has four films up for release in four consecutive months beginning in October, Wake up Sid, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and Raajneeti.
Anjana Anjani is expected to release sometime in Q2 2010.