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Pooja Entertainment signs directors Rahi Anil Barve, Nitin Kakkar, Vijay Lalwani for new projects 

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Jackky Bhagnani, son of veteran producer Vashu, will be helming the affairs of the production. 

Photo: Pooja Films Twitter

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Last week, Sony International Pictures got four filmmakers on board for new projects in different genres. Now, it’s the turn of Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Films to do the same. The banner has signed Rahi Anil Barve, Nitin Kakkar and Vijay Lalwani for their three upcoming projects. 

The news was shared by the official Twitter page of Pooja Entertainment. “Welcoming Rahi Barve, Nitin Kakkar, Vijay Lalwani to [the] Pooja Entertainment family,” said their post. As seen in the picture, Jackky Bhagnani, son of Vashu, will be taking the responsibility of the production. 

Rahi Anil Barve was the man behind the highly acclaimed horror thriller Tumbbad (2018). Starring Sohum Shah, the film also did well at the box office.

Nitin Kakkar had helmed the National Award-winning comic drama Filmistaan (2014) starring Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq and Kumud Mishra. He is filming Jawaani Jaaneman (2019) with the same banner in London, England. The film stars Saif Ali Khan and Tabu, and marks the debut of Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia F.

Lalwani was appreciated for his debut film, Karthik Calling Karthik (2010). Starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone, the film was a psychological drama. Since then, however, he hasn't directed a film.

He made the web-series The Final Call (2019) which released earlier this year. It starred Arjun Rampal, Jaaved Jafferi, Neeraj Kabi, Sakshi Tanwar and Anupriya Goenkar among others. The upcoming film with Pooja Entertainment will be his next.