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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte to star in Honey Trehan’s directorial debut?


The film is said to be a love story situated in India's heartland. Trehan and his cast and crew are set to begin filming in January 2019.

Sonal Pandya

After working together in Badlapur (2015), Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015) and the Netflix series Sacred Games, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and actress Radhika Apte are set to reunite for Honey Trehan’s directorial debut, tentatively titled Raat Akeli Hai.

The film is said to be a love story situated in India's heartland. Trehan and his cast and crew are set to begin filming in January 2019.

Trehan, a casting director who has also assisted Vishal Bhardwaj on Maqbool (2004), Omkara (2006) and 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), was previously lined up to direct the yet-untitled film, starring Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone, and based on a chapter, Femme Fatale, from S Hussain Zaidi’s book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. The film was due to be released this October.

Last December, Trehan and producer Vishal Bhardwaj announced that they were switching roles. "Owing to our differences in creative understanding, we have mutually and amicably decided that it would be best for our film if Vishal sir took over as director,” Trehan had said at that time.

Furthermore, the project was delayed by lead actor Khan’s illness and treatment in London.

Siddiqui, who played the lead character in Nandita Das's Manto (2018), is currently filming Karthik Subbaraj's Petta with Rajnikanth. He will next be seen as Bal Thackeray in the 2019 biopic.

Apte, who was present in the Netflix Indian originals, Sacred Games, Lust Stories and Ghoul, will next be seen in Baazaar (2018) with Saif Ali Khan. She is also starring in the Hollywood productions, The Wedding Guest, with Dev Patel, and the untitled WWII spy thriller as Noor Inayat Khan.