After her last hit film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD; 2011), director Zoya Akhtar is now gearing up for her next venture. A week ago, reports revealed that her next film’s female lead, Priyanka Chopra, will play the sister of the male lead Ranveer Singh. The film is a family drama that deals with the relationship between siblings. Now, sources say that two names — Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar — have been shortlisted to play the part of Priyanka’s love interest in the movie.
An insider from the production house reveals that Hrithik is currently the makers’ hot favourite, as his pairing with Priyanka in successful movies like Krrish (2006) and Agneepath (2012) has proved to be effective at the box office.
Zoya’s brother, Farhan, however, has an added advantage. Not only has he starred in both of her films — Luck By Chance (2009) and ZNMD; he is producing this untitled project too. “He also seems to be keen on working with Priyanka. On numerous occasions, Farhan has spoken highly of her acting, in films like Barfi! (2012) among others,” says an insider.
However, what muddles matters a bit is the fact that the three new projects that Farhan has signed are not being made by his production house. As a result, he might not have any dates to allot to Zoya’s film, which is set to go on the floors either by the end of 2013 or by early 2014.