Rajkumar Hirani, the acclaimed director of Bollywood, is currently engrossed in the post-production process of his much-anticipated film, Dunki, featuring the iconic Shah Rukh Khan. As the release of this social comedy entertainer approaches, set for the Christmas weekend later this year, Hirani is wasting no time in preparing for his next cinematic venture.
The Lala Amarnath Biopic
His next directorial project has already stirred excitement among cinephiles, as it’s none other than a biopic on Independent India’s inaugural cricket captain, Lala Amarnath. What’s even more intriguing is the speculation surrounding the casting of the lead role in this sports biopic.
According to exclusive reports from Pinkvilla, two of Bollywood’s finest actors, Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, are currently the frontrunners for the coveted role of Lala Amarnath in this biopic. However, Rajkumar Hirani is keeping his casting options flexible, preferring to make a final decision once the script attains completion.
“Like his previous films, this one has also first gone to Aamir, who has liked the script and shown his interest. In case Aamir passes it up, the filmmaker will go to Ranbir, who headlined his last blockbuster, Sanju. Hirani has briefly spoken to Ranbir about it and will formally approach him after Aamir’s final response,” revealed a source closely associated with the project.
Project Details and Casting
The Lala Amarnath biopic is currently in the script development stage and is slated to commence filming in the second half of the upcoming year. The availability of Aamir and Ranbir will play a pivotal role in determining their respective casting in the film.
Aamir Khan is set to embark on a new project in January 2024, while Ranbir Kapoor has ‘Ramayana’ on his schedule for early 2024. The source added, “Ramayana is a very pre- and post-production-heavy project. It will require Ranbir relatively less time to shoot on physical sets, as a significant portion will be filmed using Chroma technology. Similarly, Aamir’s next film is a medium-budget project that will wrap up within three months. As of now, Hirani is sitting with writers on a regular basis, giving final touches to Lala Amarnath’s story, and will decide on the cast only after the release of Dunki.”
Moreover, there’s speculation that the role might also be offered to Vicky Kaushal if it doesn’t materialize with Aamir Khan or Ranbir Kapoor.
Excitement Builds in Bollywood
With the prospect of Aamir Khan or Ranbir Kapoor portraying the legendary Lala Amarnath on the big screen, excitement is building in Bollywood. Both actors have a stellar track record and have delivered remarkable performances in their careers. Choosing between these two powerhouses will undoubtedly be a tough decision for Rajkumar Hirani.
As fans eagerly await the release of Dunki, the announcement of the final lead actor for the Lala Amarnath biopic will undoubtedly be another major event on the Bollywood calendar.
Stay tuned for more updates as Rajkumar Hirani’s next project unfolds, promising yet another enthralling cinematic experience.