Has Yash Raj Films found the next Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma?

Will their talent hunt strike gold again?

Keyur Seta

Director Habib Faisal didn’t succeed in his 2014 venture Dawat-e-Ishq, which starred Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur. He is now back with his next. It’s the story about a couple of jail inmates, which is yet untitled. 

Some time back, there were reports that Faisal had signed Pakistani actor Danyal Zafar to play the lead. He is the younger brother of Ali Zafar. However, he reportedly dropped him from the project after the ban on Pakistani artists following the Uri attacks in October this year. 

He went ahead and signed Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin, Aadar Jain. He happens to be the son of Raj Kapoor’s daughter, Rima Jain. The Ishaqzaade filmmaker has now finalised another newcomer to play the female lead. 

She is a young girl named Anya Singh who was selected by Shanoo Sharma, YRF’s casting director. “Adi (Aditya Chopra) always pushes me to go out and find new talent. When casting for this film, we were trying to get girls from Delhi, Chandigarh and other cities. Anya was the result of the hunt to find the next Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. We wanted someone to come out of nowhere, lead regular lives and conquer the industry. Anya filled that spot for me,” said Sharma.

But this is not all. Singh has already signed a deal with the production house. Added Shanoo, “She came out of nowhere and landed a three-film deal with YRF.”

Does this mean that YRF has found the next Ranveer and Anushka? Well, only time will tell.