EXCLUSIVE: Shahid Kapoor and Ali Abbas Zafar will hit theaters soon in the second half of 2022
On November 12, Shahid Kapoor and Ali Abbas Zafar began filming their action-packed thriller in Abu Dhabi. Since then, there has been speculation that the film will be made as a Netflix original. However, Pinkvilla has exclusively learned that this as-yet-untitled project is being made for the big screen and will be Shahid Kapoor’s next for theaters after Jersey. He’s aiming for a release in the second half of next year.
“From the start, the Ali Abbas Zafar and Shahid Kapoor project has been conceptualized as a large-scale action thriller for theaters. All stakeholders believe that an action thriller like this has a massive theatrical audience, and this combo of Ali with Shahid will create the right amount of noise. The one and only circumstance that this could premiere on OTT is if the country finds itself in an extended lockdown again, however, everyone in the country is optimistic that the boring days will not come again. There has been confusion over its output medium since Ali was discussing another project with an OTT platform, however, that is not happening at the moment, ”revealed a source familiar with the development, adding in in addition to the fact that the film will be distributed worldwide by Jio. Studios, which also presents this one-night thriller with producers Ali, Himanshu Mehra, Sunir Kheterpal and Gaurav Bose.
The directors circled around an Abu Dhabi hotel as the whole story unfolds around a nightclub. “If the first film is successful, Ali, Shahid and their production partners plan to turn this film into a Taken-style franchise,” the source added. According to insiders, the film is an edge of the siege thriller and presents itself very well. Other than Shahid, the rest of the cast have been kept under wraps, although there is a strong buzz about Katrina Kaif joining the gang in an action-packed role. We are still awaiting confirmation on this matter.
Shahid Kapoor is currently preparing for the Jersey release and the actor will soon be taking a hiatus from filming Ali to promote the film in India. The actor is at the peak of his career with the success of Padmavat and Kabir Singh and is expected to continue his streak with Jersey afterwards. Ali’s film would tentatively be titled Bloody Daddy, billed as a mad, eccentric, and mad race in guns and gangs. The actor also has Raj and DK’s web series for Amazon, which is called Fake, an original thriller revolving around a fake scam. He also has Bull under his kitten, who is all set for a release in April 2023 and goes upstairs once Shahid finishes filming for Ali’s next one. Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more exclusive updates on Shahid Kapoor.
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