Bollywood actor Rahul Bose will direct a film next year based on a novel about an extra-marital affair in contemporary Pakistan.
Shooting is expected to begin next October on Moth Smoke by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid.
"In two weeks time, the final draft will be ready and the funders, who absolutely loved it, are waiting for it," Bose said, while shooting for The Japanese Wife, a long distance romance story between an Indian school teacher and a young Japanese girl.
"I know that pretty soon, in a couple of years I will be directing more than I will be acting."
"I will take up full time direction eventually, once the lead roles dry up," he said.
Bose, whose roles of the urban intellectual man have won him many awards and critical acclaim, has directed only one film -- Everybody Says I'm Fine released in 2002 -- which earned him recognition as a director and writer.
Known for his portrayal of characters like the Muslim man who helps a Hindu girl during communal riots in the 2002 film Mr and Mrs Iyer, Bose believes Bollywood will see more successful movies made with moderate budgets.
The Hindi-language film industry, the world's largest by volume and ticket sales, is at present seeing many small-budget movies running to packed houses while some big budget films have not done as well as expected in the box office.
A keen writer and rugby player, Bose said choosing roles tailor-made for him has been easy.
"I think in my life picking and choosing has been very easy and it took me two minutes to say yes to most films I have done."