Mumbai: Hit pair of 2015 film ‘Piku’, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan, is all set to reunite for a second innings with celebrated director-producer Vishal Bharadwaj. The film, which revolves around Rahima Khan aka Sapna Didi, the person who almost got India’s most wanted terrorist dawood Ibrahim killed, will be directed by Bharadwaj’s associate Honey Trehan.
DP will play the character of crime syndicate Rahima Khan, notoriously known as Sapna Didi, who got real close to getting underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Irrfan Khan, on the other hand, will play the part of a local gangster who falls for Rahima and becomes an accomplice in eliminating Dawood Ibrahim.
The film is an adaptation of one of the chapters from journalist-turned-author Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’. Bharadwaj has reportedly purchased rights to this particular chapter.
A source told a leading daily that DP is pretty psyched about the idea of playing the most dreaded mafia queen from the 80s era. “Sapna Didi had planned Dawood’s execution during a cricket match in Sharjah to avenge her husband’s death. Unfortunately for her, he got wind of her plans and killed her days before she could get to him. The film is expected to go on the floors by the year-end.”
The film will be co-produced by Prerna Arora and Arjun N Kapoor. Speaking about this new venture, an excited Prerna told the daily, “Yes it is true that we are producing the film along with Vishalji, who is one of the finest directors in the country. We are looking forward to this collaboration.”
The producer also confirmed Deepika and Irrfan’s association with the project. “Yes, it is true that we are working together on this untitled venture.”
Even Bharadwaj expressed his joy about launching his long-time associate and collaborating with Padukone. “Honey has been a part of my life since before I made my first film. Launching him as a director after Abhishek Chaubey gives me deep joy. He will make a fine director. Deepika has been asking me to write a script for her for a long time. She has heard this script and loved it. We are in an advance stage of discussion with her.”