PeepingMoon Exclusive: Aamir Khan’s son Junaid to make Bollywood debut in YRF historical opposite Sharvari Wagh

on has exclusively learned that Aamir Khan’s son Junaid Khan is going to make his Bollywood debut under the 50-year-old banner of Yash Raj Films! Junaid will star in a YRF historical that will be directed by Siddharth P Malhotra. Malhotra's film is said to be based on a true event and will see Junaid playing a whistle-blower who exposes a Godman. Vipul Mehta and Sneha Desai have written this film for Malhotra who previously directed Rani Mukherji in Hichki for YRF. Sharvari Wagh, who is making her big screen debut in Bunty Aur Babli 2, will play the leading lady opposite Junaid in the film. 

The yet-untitled film is said to be based on a 1862 libel case in which Jadunathji Brijratanji Maharaj, a religious leader, filed a case against a reformer and journalist Karsandas Mulji for writing a libelious  article in his Gujarati newspaper. In the article, he questioned the values of a Hindu sect called the Pushtimarg or Vallabhacharya Sampradaya. In particular were accusations that Jadunathji had sexual liaisons with women followers and that men were expected to show their devotion by offering their wives for sex with the religious leader. The article created a great stir among worshippers of the religious head.

Aamir Khan with son Junaid Khan

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Junaid is believed to be playing the role of the social reformer and the editor of the newspaper. Junaid, who has been honing his acting skills as a theatre performer, was initially reported to make his entry into  Hindi films with the Forrest Gump remake. However, the Tom Hanks film remake is now shouldered by his father Aamir, titled Lal Singh Chaddha. Reports of Junaid missing out on the remake of the Malayalam film Ishq are untrue as his film debut is fixed with YRF and the production house has been waiting for an opportune moment to make the announcement. 

Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvari Wagh, Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan 

As per our sources, YRF is planning to announce its slate mid-November and this film's details will be shared in the new lineup. The film will go on floors in the first quarter of 2021.