New Bollywood actors Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday are all set to work together in writer-director Ali Abbas Zafar's debut as a producer. The two will appear romancing each other in this romantic-comedy film. Ishaan's role in the movie was confirmed earlier but the female lead Ananya, who made her debut with Karan Johar’s production Student of the Year 2, has just been finalised. According to sources, the film will be a fresh take on romance and will revolve around young people, so Ali has cast actors who are popular with youngsters, as both Ishaan and Ananya were well-received for their first films. This will be the first time that the pair is working together.
Ali Abbas Zafar made his directorial debut in Bollywood with the romcom Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, starring Imran Khan, Ali Zafar and Katrine Kaif. However, he then moved to other genres, such as thriller, drama and sports, as a director. He recently helmed Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Bharat, a drama-action film, which has been a massive success at the box office.
Ali has also been involved in the scripting process of his upcoming production, which will be Ishaan Khatter’s first film after Dhadak, which released last July. Despite receiving numerous offers, the actor has been picky about the projects he takes on and has also pulled out of Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight Children. According to some reports, Ishaan has been approached by Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor for a film on Pulwama attacks but there has been no official announcement so far. Meanwhile, Ananya is already shooting for and will next be seen in the Pati Patni Aur Woh remake, directed by Mudassir Aziz, which also stars Kartik Aryan and Bhumi Pednekar.