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Abhishek Chaubey confirms being in talks with Sushant Singh Rajput for period action film


The director's next film will be a serious action film set in the dreaded Chambal valley.

Shriram Iyengar

After the dark drug drama of Udta Punjab, director Abhishek Chaubey has picked up his next project. Chaubey's next project has Sushant Singh Rajput playing a dreaded dacoit in Chambal.

In an exclusive interview with Cinestaan.com, Chaubey revealed some details about the film. He said, "Right now, we have made this fun film. Later, we have Honey's (Trehan) film which will come out at the end of the year. There is also my film, which will go on the floors later."

The film is reportedly set in the 1970s and tells the story of the dreaded dacoits who ruled the infamous region. The film is exepcted to go on floors by the end of this year. While the director was not too keen on revealing any details about the film, or its title, he said, "It is in very early stages. All I can tell you is that this is a film script I have been working on for a while. We have just finished only the second draft. There are at least three or four more drafts to go."

Chaubey is working on the script along with Udta Punjab writer Sudip Sharma. As for the cast, Chaubey confirmed that Rajput is on board for the film. Admitting that he has been impressed with the actor's recent work, he said, "I have apporached Sushant (Singh Rajput) because I really like him as an actor. He has been doing some good work lately."

"I approached him and told him the story. I was surprised and pleasantly so, that he came on board. By the looks of it, he is going to do the film," Chaubey said.

Having turned producer with Honey Trehan for Konkona Sensharma's A Death In The Gunj, Chaubey intends to co-produce his film. He said, "(My film) is also the first film I will be directing, and doing the production on. Right now, we have our plates full."

The one thing Chaubey did promise was that the film will be in a different genre than his previous drama, Udta Punjab. He said, "It is an action film. But it is just about as intense as Udta was. It is not a light hearted action film."

The period action setting should be familiar for Rajput, having already played a warrior in Dinesh Vijan's Raabta, to be released on 9 June. Chaubey's debut production, A Death In the Gunj will be released on 2 June.