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Exclusive: Hichki director Siddharth P Malhotra’s next will also be with YRF

Yesterday, Malhotra celebrated two years of the release of the Rani Mukerji-starrer.

Keyur Seta

Yesterday, filmmaker Siddharth P Malhotra celebrated two years of the release of his previous film Hichki (2018). The Yash Raj Films movie saw Rani Mukerji play the role of a teacher suffering from Tourette’s syndrome.

We now learn that Malhotra’s next will also be under the same banner. In an exclusive conversation with Cinestaan.com, Malhotra said, “Very soon you will hear about it. It is for YRF. We are working on the script. Once we are done, Yash Raj will announce it.”

Asked whether he has thought about the casting, the director answered, “Nothing right now. Everything is in the works.”

In an Instagram post yesterday, Malhotra had said no studio was ready to accept Hichki. “From the time We Are Family (2010) didn’t do well, I was trying to make Hichki, but nobody was willing to make it," he revealed. "I took it from the biggest actors to the smallest actors and from the biggest studios to the smallest studios. Everybody listened to it and felt this is the story of a mad hero [the protagonist was a male earlier]. I was also told to remove Tourette’s syndrome.” 


#2yearsofHichki a film that was my dream became everyone’s who worked on it to make it what it did. Thank u Raaj Mehta my maama for giving me this subject always grateful. Thank u Brad Cohen for inspiring all of us. Your our hero. Thank u my Dhruv Tara #adityachopra your faith in me when no one did can never be forgotten and I will always be indebted. #maneeshsharma to hold me thru and thru and let me tell this story by giving me the best for the film. @avinasharun24fps my DOP and soul connect blessed to have u in my life. @shanoosharmarahihai ur casting gave me the soul of the film9f love u.. Varsha Shilpa, Meenal,Shweta,Pritam dada, Ganesh Ambar and Ankur whose contribution is immense. Jasleen for the amazing music - The theme is still played in every reality show and it’s still on my daily playlist. Thank u all my actors my team 9 F and 9 A, Sachin uncle and Supriya aunty, my little Naina ( Naisha) Neeraj sir thank u for mr Wadia will always be grateful. Shiv sir, my brother Husain who played ranis brother and agreed to this small but important part in one call. Thanks for the faith and above all thank u #ranimukherjee we saw the same film and your faith and infectious energy truly made this film a journey we all will look back and have happy memories of all thanks to you ❤️🤗. If I’ve missed anyone I thank u from the heart . My entire team at yrf, the pr team , design cell, post guys, my cafe guys everyone who empowered me and all of us to tell his story. Hope we can bring many more memorable stories to u time and again !!! @yrf @yrfmusic

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The process took a toll on Malhotra until he met Aditya Chopra, head of YRF. “For almost seven years I went through a mental and physical breakdown," he said. "Then Adi Chopra came into my life and said that if I make the film as well as I narrated it, then it will turn out to be good. Those words were like music to my ears.”

Looking back, Malhotra feels satisfied he did not have to make compromises on Hichki. “This was one film I was not willing to change," he said. "In that bargain I wrote five more films. But I kept going back to this film. I am glad it was told the way it was told.”

Malhotra is currently producing Tribhanga, directed by Renuka Shahane. The film, which will be released on Netflix, stars Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, Mithila Palkar and Kunal Roy Kapur.