Gulab Jamun is being produced by Anurag Kashyap and the likelihood rumours surrounding that the fil will star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan has been going on for quite some time.
From reports of the couple signing the film, followed by Abhishek confirming in June last year that he was in early talks, there was heartbreak for their fans when rumours of them turning down the project surfaced.
The Bachchan pair has finally signed on the dotted line and now Aishwarya has confirmed the news.
“AB (Abhishek) and I have agreed to do ‘Gulab Jamun.’ I told AB that he needs to decide what he wants to do after ‘Manmarziyan’,” she told an Indian newspaper.
The actress revealed they were approached for it one-and-a-half years ago and added, “We had agreed on the idea then. However, it was around the same time that AB decided to take time-out.
After the hiatus, he returned with ‘Manmarziyan,’ which coincidentally is directed by Anurag Kashyap. That’s when the chatter around ‘Gulab Jamun’ began again, and we finally came on board. It is a beautiful script, and we fit the narrative perfectly.”
After acting in eight films in the span of 10 years, including cameo and non-romantic pairing in films like ‘Dhai Akshar Prem Ke’, ‘Kuch Naa Kaho’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, ‘Umrao Jaan’, ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Guru’, ‘Sarkar Raj’, the two haven’t been seen together for eight years now after Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan.’
So what made them say yes this time? “The script has to be interesting if a real-life couple is coming together.”
She continued, “We have got many scripts, and at times, we got tempted too. But then, we discuss it out loud. We take stock and say, ‘Does it excite us?’ Why should marriage define our choices? Shouldn’t we be actually approaching the story as individual actors?”
The film, a slice-of-life drama, is not directed by Anurag Kashyap but will be helmed by Sarvesh Mewara.
The project is backed by the former’s production house Phantom, where he is partnered by Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena.