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John Abraham, Aditi Rao Hydari play star-crossed lovers from 1947 in Kaashvie Nair’s love story

The actress plays Neena Gupta's younger version in the film, which is produced by John, Bhushan Kumar and Nikkhil Advani.

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John Abraham and Aditi Rao Hydari joined the cast of Kaashvie Nair’s cross-border love story starring Arjun Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead. John is also one of the producers of the film along with Bhushan Kumar and Nikkhil Advani. The film's shooting resumed on 24 August.  

The film will see Kapoor and Singh play a contemporary couple, while Hydari will play the younger version of Kapoor’s grandmother. Neena Gupta will be playing the character in the present day.

Speaking about her character, Hydari said in an official statement, “John and I play a couple in 1946-47, whose love story remains unfinished and unrequited, till Arjun’s character feels the need to bring it to closure. Films like these are rarely made today so I was quick to come on board.” 

Throwing more light on the film’s story, Advani said, “There is a parallel between Arjun and Rakul’s character in the present day and the forced break-up between John and Aditi’s characters in 1947, following the Partition. He plays a sardar for the first time. The idea is to realise true love through the story of a woman, who’s been yearning for closure for 70 years.” 

Adding onto that, Kumar said, “It’s a story of love, values, bonds and family over two different eras. John and Aditi’s is an old-school love story while Arjun and Rakul are in a modern relationship.” 

The film, which is yet untitled, also features Kanwaljit Singh, Soni Razdan and Kumud Mishra.