Vikramaditya ropes in Harshvardhan, Bhavesh Joshi to take off in July

Deccan Chronicle.  | rohit bhatnagar

Entertainment, Bollywood

Vikramaditya Motwane’s much-delayed Bhavesh Joshi is now being revived and will have Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan as the lead actor.

With Harshvardhan’s involvement, the project finally seems to be back on track.

Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane, who directed Udaan and Lootera has been in the news for his next film Bhavesh Joshi for quite some time now. The film, which was announced in 2014, had been put on the backburner until now, but from what we hear, Motwane is all set to revive the project and has roped in Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor to play the lead.

The project was initially supposed to star Imran Khan in the lead but Imran had to opt out of the project owing to certain issues and the project went into a limbo for the lack of a lead. While strong rumours suggested that actor Ranveer Singh was being considered for the role, it was actor Sidharth Malhotra who was later roped in to replace Imran. But even with the lead finalised, Motwane had initially planned to shelve the film  as he felt that the subject was not relevant to current times anymore.

Later the filmmaker said that the project holds special importance for him and so he will make it some day. With Harshvardhan’s involvement, the project finally seems to be back on track. The Kapoor lad, who had earlier worked as an AD in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet will be making his debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya and has already finished shooting.

When contacted, Motwane confirmed the news and said, “Yes, we are making Bhavesh Joshi with Harshvardhan Kapoor and the film will be going on floors from next month.”

The makers haven’t divulged much about the film’s subject as of now, but from what we hear, the story is about a vigilante who uses his superpowers to save common people in Mumbai.  The project is being produced by Phantom Films.