Randeep Hooda, who recently wrapped up Imtiaz Ali’s romcom, which has Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan as leads, has signed on for another new-age love story. Titled Mard, the film will be helmed by Sai Kabir (director of Kangana Ranaut’s Revolver Rani) and borrows the name from Amitabh Bachchan’s 1985 drama.
Rahul Mittra, who is producing the film with Raju Chadha, informed, “Mard means strong and macho, however this film will showcase 50 different shades of an Indian man. It’s an entertaining film with a message.”
Randeep plays an impulsive lover, an Indian alpha male. “He is lovable and naive, but also menacing and obnoxious at times,” Rahul added.
The film will go on the floors in November. “I’ve worked with Sai Kabir on Revolver Rani and I believe he is one of the best new-age directors today. I love his passion for cinema,” the filmmaker asserted, going on to reveal it was a unanimous decision to cast Randeep. “In a way, he and I started our careers together with Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster and we share a great bond. I believe he will be able to portray the alpha male perfectly as he is one of the few actors who can break his own DNA to get into the skin of character.”
The film is targeting a 2020 release and the makers are on the lookout for an actress who would make an interesting pairing with Randeep.
Meanwhile, the Rajkumar Santoshidirectorial Battle of Saragarhi, on which Randeep and Rahul were collaborating earlier, has been shelved. As part of his prep for the period-drama, the actor had grown his beard but according to Rahul, creative differences came in the way. “We pulled off an ambitious launch event with three of the then cabinet ministers giving the clap. But eventually someone else made a film (Kesari) on the same story,” he signed off.