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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Kangana Ranaut to star opposite Imran Khan

Meeta Sarkar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 30, 2014
First Published: 09:52 IST(30/7/2014) | Last Updated: 09:57 IST(30/7/2014)

After films such as Dev D, A Wednesday, Barfi! and Kai Po Che, UTV Motion Pictures is now set to bring a love story about new-age relationships to celluloid.

Katti Batti, to be directed by Nikhil Advani, will see a fresh Bollywood pairing as actors Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut work together for the first time.

The film has been creatively developed by UTV from the start. Apparently, the studio saw potential in debutant writer Anshul Singhal’s script, and worked with him on the script for a year.

Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director, Disney India, says, "Our creative team steered the project through wonderfully, and we are thrilled to have Nikhil, Imran and Kangana on board."

Nikhil says, "It is a dream to work with Kangana — her humility to her craft belies her impressive body of work. Imran, on the other hand, brings with him a fresh approach."

Speaking about his return to work, Imran says, "I’ve always wished to be a part of films that make me proud as an actor. Katti Batti will be one such film. Together with UTV, we have made some memorable films. We hope to recreate the magic."

Kangana adds, "It’s a beautiful story with elements like battle of the sexes and issues of urban couples. We have one of the leading creative studios, UTV, as the producers. I hope I do justice to this story."

The film is set to go on the floor this year, and will release worldwide in 2015. Siddharth adds, "We’re excited to be taking our creative journey on Katti Batti to the next phase. We have a perfect director and a cast that can justify the two incredibly real and funny leads."

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