On May 26, Yash Raj Films (YRF) the production house that gave Bollywood an extraordinary talent in Ranveer Singh, announced that this superstar’s next release after Kabir Khan’s '83, which he is currently filming in UK, would be Jayeshbhai Jordaar, a film produced by Ranveer’s mentor Aditya Chopra. The announcement came as a surprise to many, including Bollywood trade circles.
The trade had automatically assumed that the Gully Boy actor would begin shooting for Dharma Productions’ historical Takht (to be directed by Karan Johar) in which he plays Dara Shikoh. A source said, “It was assumed that after essaying Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev in ‘83, Ranveer would go on to portray the role of Dara Shikoh, the eldest son and heir-apparent of the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan, in Takht. It came as a surprise to many that he will instead play a Gujarati character named Jayeshbhai en route.”
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The source added, “Since Karan is still doing some extensive prep on Takht and the film is likely to go on the floor reportedly in February 2020, Ranveer found a four-month gap in his date diary. Since his loyalties are with his mentor Adi, and because they found the “miracle script” (Ranveer’s own words) in Jayeshbhai Jordaar, they decided to use the gap between '83 and Takht by filming JJ.”
But there is no room for controversy here. Adi and Karan, who are close buddies, are believed to have actually spoken about how things were playing out as far as the shift in Takht goes. They came to the mutual decision after taking their hero into confidence. So it isn’t as if Ranveer did the choosing between Karan and Adi. Destiny has it playing out this way.