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Anshuman Jha to star in Romeo and Juliet adaptation

The film will go on floors on 18 October.


Actors Anshuman Jha and Sharib Hashmi have been roped in to star in an upcoming film titled Ishwar.

Set in Allahabad, the film is said to be a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

Jha, best known for his roles in films like LSD: Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), Yeh Hai Bakrapur (2014) and Chauranga (2016), will play the title role of a lover.

Hashmi of Phullu (2017) fame will essay the character of local young political kingpin. Name of the actress to play Juliet's part has been kept a secret.

Jha, who was born in Allahabad, will be visiting his birthplace after almost 20 years to shoot this film. "Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's best works. And last I had done an adaptation of it in a school play. To be part of a film adaptation, and that too in Allahabad, is very special for me. Sometimes you don't choose films, they choose you," Jha said in a statement.

The film will be directed by popular filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's associate Pradeep Singrole and will be backed by India E Commerce Ltd.

"Anshuman is probably the most talented young actor amd the most under-used actor of this generation. My adaptation focuses on the tension and rivalry between Romeo and Tybalt (characters from Romeo and Juliet). It's (the film) set in the northern heartland of India with the backdrop of the timeless love story between the shy righteous Ishwar and the innocent Isha," Singrole said.

The film will go on floors on 18 October.