"His next directorial is a big-budget action film."
Rumours are doing the rounds that Karan Johar has signed a two-film deal with Sandeep Modi, the director of the recently released web series, The Night Manager.
This comes after there were reports that the director has signed critically acclaimed directors, Vasan Bala and Neeraj Ghaywan to direct a feature film under his banner, Dharma Production.
While Vasan is to direct an action film, Neeraj is working on an emotional human drama for the banner.
Both films are slated to go on floors this year and are at present in the pre-production stage.
A source close to the development said:
“Sandeep has been working on a script for the last two years and the things are now locked on paper with regards to the story.
“His next directorial is a big-budget action film for Dharma Production.
“While the script is more or less locked now, the film will enter the pre-production stage by summer this year, as the team is looking to mount a big action film.
“It will be a big star-cast film and will proceed into the casting stage by this summer.
“The details about his second film with Dharma are not known yet, but he has already got an idea green-lit by Karan Johar.”
The source added that the star-studded film will go on floors by end of this year.
Dharma Productions currently is diversifying itself by exploring content with directors from different schools of filmmaking.
Apart from The Night Manager, Sandeep has also made the much-loved Sushmita Sen starrer Arya with Ram Madhvani and the Swanand Kirkire starring Marathi Film, Chumbak.
The production is in talks with many other directors from the Hindi film industry and various films in the making will be announced soon.
They already have a few projects on their flood including Mr And Mrs Mahi starring Janhvi Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, Akshay Kumar starrer C Sankaran biopic, and Raula featuring Vicky Kaushal and Tripti Dimri.
Further, the banner is presently gearing up for the release of Karan’s own directorial, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani featuring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.
The film also features Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi.
Karan Johar announced the Bollywood film in November 2022 on his social media.
It is expected to release in theatres on April 28, 2023.