The Malayalam star and veteran actor Mammootty’s son Dulquer Salmaan has firmly set his eyes on Bollywood, with another lucrative project being confirmed by him.
The 31 year old, actor who is making his Bollywood debut in Ronnie Scrwevala’s Karwan with Irrfan Khan and Milhila Palkar is said to have come on board Sonam Kapoor’s next, the big screen adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s 2008 novel The Zoya Factor as reported by the Mirror.
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Dulquer Salmaan has been roped in to play the male lead in the movie. A source close to the project revealed, “It’s an interesting character and Dulquer has liked the script. While he has committed to the project he is yet to sign on the dotted line.”
The Zoya Factor will be directed by Abhishek Sharma, of Tere Bin Laden fame. Last year, Sonam had confirmed that she is doing the film by announcing that she was “super excited” to be a part of it.
When the publication got in touch with Rucha Pathak of Fox Star Studios, who is producing the film, she neither confirmed nor denied that Dulquer was in talks to play the male lead. She said, “We are yet to finalise the cast and will soon make the announcement.”
The actor quoted in an earlier interview had said, “I don’t think I want to play a big fancy lead role in Hindi films just for the sake of it. I would prefer to do interesting roles. If I get a memorable role, it would have a bigger impact than debuting as a lead in a film where nobody knows me.”
The film is expected to start rolling sometime in March-April this year, with Sonam Kapoor busy promoting her next release Padman and wrapping up her home production Veere Di Wedding as reported by theMirror.
In August last year, Sonam had put out a tweet where she confirmed being a part of the movie. “Super excited to work with amazing sister duo, Aarti and Pooja Shetty, with the brilliant Abhishek Sharma on Anuja Chauhan’s Zoya factor (sic),” she had tweeted.
The movie is expected to start shooting in the summer.
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