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Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi to headline Vasan Bala’s Monica, O My Darling


Yogesh Chandekar, who wrote Sriram Raghavan's Andhadhun (2018), has penned the screenplay.

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Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi are part of the ensemble cast of Vasan Bala’s next comedy-thriller, Monica, O My Darling.

Shooting for the Netflix film, which was announced today, has been going on for a while.

The film features Sikandar Kher, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Sukant Goel, Bagavathi Perumal and Zayn Marie Khan.

Netflix has put out a new video of the cast and crew in action set to the popular cabaret number ‘Piya Tu Ab Toh Aa Ja (Monica, O My Darling)’ from Caravan (1971). The title and song choice indicate that there will be a homage to the film somewhere in the Netflix feature.

Produced by Matchbox Shots, the upcoming film will try to meet black comedy and white-collar crime wherein a “young man desperately tries to make it big with some unlikely allies and a dastardly diabolical plan to pull off the perfect murder”.

Yogesh Chandekar, who had previously written Sriram Raghavan's Andhadhun (2018), has written the screenplay.

Director Vasan Bala said in a statement, “Making a noir film was always on my wishlist and making it for Netflix with Matchbox Shots makes it an absolutely riveting combination. A noir universe comes with its set stock of characters and conflicts that seamlessly retrofit themselves in any time and scenario. As greed, love, betrayal, rage and the all-important 'I have a plan' combine to engineer the thrilling exploration of cinema (sic).”

Vasan, who previously directed the ‘Spotlight’ segment in the Ray anthology last month, revealed that he had seen the early journeys of Rao, Apte and Qureshi when he worked for filmmaker Anurag Kashyap a decade ago.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Vasan Bala (@vasanbala)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Vasan Bala (@vasanbala)

Wishing Qureshi on her birthday today, Vasan revealed that they had met in the same office as the shoot of this current film.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Vasan Bala (@vasanbala)

Matchbox Shots' Sarita Patil said Monica, O My Darling is special for her production house for two reasons. "We are excited about Matchbox Shots' first collaboration with Netflix and secondly, we have known Vasan Bala for many years and it's a pleasure having him on board the film,” she said.

The streaming platform has not yet revealed the release date.

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