PeepingMoon Exclusive: Bobby Deol and Anurag Kashyap teaming up for a gritty thriller

This year marks many firsts for Bobby Deol. The 55-year-old Bollywood hero is making his South Indian cinema debut with Suriya’s highly anticipated Tamil fantasy epic, Kanguva, and Pawan Kalyan's Telugu period actioner, Hari Hara Veera Mallu. He is also joining Yash Raj Films’ star-studded Spy Universe as the villain in an espionage thriller starring Alia Bhatt and Sharvari. Adding more excitement to his lineup, the Animal actor has now signed an Anurag Kashyap film. has exclusively learned that Bobby is collaborating with the Gangs of Wasseypur director on a gritty thriller. The details of this fascinating project are currently shrouded in secrecy, but we heard it's based on a true event and revolves around a man allegedly embroiled in a false rape case. The script has apparently been adapted from an unpublished book, with Anurag and two other writers adapting it for the screen.  

The yet-untitled film will go on floors in May and will largely be shot in Mumbai. “Anurag and Bobby share a great admiration for each other and have been planning to work together since 2017. However, it was only a few months ago, when Anurag came to him with this well-knit, hard-hitting story, that their long-cherished desire to work together came true. They are extremely excited for this new endeavor and cannot wait to begin shooting,” a source familiar with the development told us. 

The new project is believed to have an ensemble cast and will be shot on a much bigger scale than Anurag’s recent films. His last directorial, the Sunny Leone and Rahul Bhat neo-noir thriller Kennedy, premiered at various international film festivals last year, including Cannes. Anurag is apparently also working on a web series for a leading streaming platform, but that's currently in the writing stage. 

Meanwhile, Bobby has four projects lined up for release this year. Apart from his two South Indian and pan-India films, he will also be seen in Aryan Khan’s debut web series, Stardom, and Kunal Kohli’s investigative drama, Desi Sherlock. His Abbas-Mustan thriller, Penthouse, which has been battling for distribution since Netflix withdrew its interest, is also expected to make its debut on another streaming service.