Kriti Sanon is all set to star opposite Akshay Kumar in the much-awaited film, Bachchan Pandey. The duo will kick off the movie in February 2020. Directed by Farhad Samji and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film is slated for a Christmas 2020 release. Nadiadwala, who launched the actress with Tiger Shroff in the 2014 action-romance film Heropanti, is excited about the news and told Mumbai Mirror, ''Akshay and Kriti’s pairing delighted the audience in Housefull 4. I have seen her grow as an actor since Heropanti and I feel she can pull off this role alongside Akshay.''
This is Kriti's second collaboration with Akshay, Farhad and Sajid after her latest release "Housefull 4". The actress said, "I had a blast working with them in Housefull 4, and super excited that we will be collaborating again. It’s my third film with Sajid sir, and again, a very entertaining one," adding her new character belongs to a space which has yet been unexplored by her as an artist.
We’re extremely happy and elated to announce the charming @kritisanon is here to make our Christmas 2020 merrier than ever! ðŸ˜Â— Nadiadwala Grandson (@NGEMovies) November 13, 2019
Welcome back to the #NGEFamily with #BachchanPandey! ðŸ”¥@akshaykumar #SajidNadiadwala @farhad_samji @WardaNadiadwala pic.twitter.com/nTk14hlILq
Kriti also shared the news on Twitter and wrote, ''Thrilled and beyond excited for this reunion! This Christmas is gonna be indeed a Merry Merry one! Can't wait to start.’’
Thrilled and beyond excited for this reunion!! ðŸ‘ÂðŸÂ»ðŸÅ½ŠðŸ’ƒðŸÂ» This Christmas is gonna be indeed a Merry Merry one! Can’t wait to start #BachchanPandey ðŸ¤— #SajidSir @akshaykumar @farhad_samji @WardaNadiadwala ðŸ’Å¾ðŸ’Å¾ðŸ’Å¾ https://t.co/ZNfju63DMy— Kriti Sanon (@kritisanon) November 13, 2019
The film is clashing with Aamir Khan's Lal Singh Chadha, and Ranbir Kapoor-Ajay Devgn's untitled movie with Luv Ranjan. Akshay had earlier referred to the clash, and given his statement on the same.
Speaking about the clash to Mumbai Mirror, the actor had said, "We have 52 Fridays in a year, and even fewer holiday weekends. We make over 200 Hindi films a year while Hollywood releases 40 more. Then there’s the South industry and other regional cinema. So, we should be happy if we have two big releases in a week. This year, on the Independence Day weekend we had three, Mission Mangal, Batla House, and Saaho, till one (Saaho) bowed out."
Meanwhile, Kriti will also be next seen in Ashutosh Gowariker's ambitious period drama, Panipat. The film also features Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles.