PeepingMoon Exclusive: Shahid Kapoor signs a big scale action-thriller film for Netflix, Aditya Nimbalkar to direct


Bollywood stars are landing on OTT! While the speculations are ripe that Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgn are in talks with Disney+ Hotstar for the Hindi adaptations of The Night Manager and Luther respectively, has exclusively learned that Shahid Kapoor is also set for his web debut. The superstar who's been flooded with big projects after the huge success of Kabir Singh, we heard, is next doing a big-budget action-thriller film for the global streaming giant, Netflix. 

In February, had exclusively informed its readers that Shahid will dive headlong into an action film in the second half of 2020. The latest development is that the film is eyeing a web release. 

The yet-untitled project is said to be based on the Operation Cactus the Indian government launched in the Maldives islands in 1988 to prevent a coup by a group of 200 Sri Lankan militants against then President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Shahid will be playing the role of Brigadier Farukh Bulsara who commanded paratroopers of an Indian Army parachute brigade and regiment in this thrilling military operation that received international acclaim for India's swift, decisive action to restore stability in a neighbouring country. 

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Vishal Bhardwaj’s assistant Aditya Nimbalkar, who assisted him in films like Kaminey, Haider, Rangoon and Pataakha, will make his directorial debut with this patriotic action-thriller. Amar Butala will be producing the film independently. 

The film is expected to go on floors mid-next year, after Shahid completes the remaining portions of Jersey remake. Shahid has reportedly signed a multi-film deal with Netflix and this project will be their first biggie to get off the ground. Netflix is apparently planning to mount the movie on the scale of its international projects like Extraction and Triple Frontier. The official announcement is expected in November!