PeepingMoon was the first one to inform its readers in July that Kriti Sanon will be Akshay Kumar's co-star in Sajid Nadiadwala's Bachchan Pandey. We broke the story on July 26, and it has come true now. Sajid, who gave Kriti her Bollywood break with Heropanti in 2014, and then cast her in Housefull 4 this year, was keen on casting her again in Bachchan Pandey opposite Akshay. Director Farhad Samji, who worked with Kriti in Housefull 4, was also of the same opinion and that’s how the actress bagged the role. Now, both Sajid and Kriti have confirmed our news.
The actress is happy to reunite with the trio. “I had a blast working with them in Housefull 4 and super excited that we will be collaborating again. It’s my third film with Sajid sir and again, a very entertaining one,” Kriti said, adding that her character is in a space she hasn’t explored yet.
Sajid is happy to team up with the actress again. “Akshay and Kriti’s pairing delighted the audience in Housefull 4. I have seen her grow as an actor since Heropanti and I feel, she can pull off this role alongside Akshay,” he said.
Nadiadwala Grandson announced the news on their official Twitter account as well.
We’re extremely happy and elated to announce the charming @kritisanon is here to make our Christmas 2020 merrier than ever!
Welcome back to the #NGEFamily with #BachchanPandey! @akshaykumar #SajidNadiadwala @farhad_samji @WardaNadiadwala pic.twitter.com/nTk14hlILq
— Nadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) November 13, 2019
Bachchan Pandey is reportedly a remake of the 2014 Tamil blockbuster Veeram that starred Ajith Kumar and Tamannaah. However, there is no confirmation from Nadiadwala about this despite the fact that Akshay’s look in the film (in black lungi with golden border, with gold chains around his neck and a Nunchuk in hand) closely resembles Ajith’s look in Veeram. Akshay appears to be playing a warrior. And while his name is definitely North Indian, the actor’s grim, action look with the vibhuti on his forehead and the black lungi, gives the impression that his character is from the South. The film is slated for a Christmas 2020 release.
(Source: PeepingMoon/Mumbai Mirror)