Imtiaz Ali, a director known for his unique storytelling has a new project at hand and is set to narrate a love story that has been synonymous with romance. Folklore of ‘Laila Majnu’ will be ‘retold’ by Imtiaz Ali’s younger brother Sajid Ali and is set to release this Summer in theatres. However, it will be interesting to see the famous director, sharing the producer’s seat along with Balaji Motion Pictures chief Ekta Kapoor.
On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Ekta Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali took to social media and shared the first look of the movie. the film’s producer Ekta Kapoor shared the news on microblogging site, Twitter, as she wrote: “Excited to recreate the epic love story, ‘Laila Majnu’ with master storyteller Imtiaz Ali. Balaji Motion Picture, Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Laila Majnu’. ‘Laila Majnu’ on May 4.” This also finalizes the official release date of the movie that will hit theatres this summer on May 4.
A while back, while speaking to The Indian Express, debutant director Sajid Ali said that he was working towards developing the script of the film. He also said that this brother Imtiaz Ali had a discussion about the same with him a while back. Sajid Ali then went to say that it under the guidance of Imtiaz Ali, that he wrote the script. Expressing his worry about the movie, Sajid said, “What is worrying everybody is that I am taking so much time in writing it.” Sajid also hinted that the movie is going to set in the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Sajid said, “The theme of the movie is the classic, intense Laila Majnu story. Even though, I am unaware that how close I will get to the original intensity of the story, I would like to contemporize it, and make it more relatable.”
— BalajiMotionPictures (@balajimotionpic) February 14, 2018
It was back in 1976 when the story of Laila Majnu came on screen when then heartthrob Rishi Kapoor took the lead role of Majnu while the role of Laila was played by Ranjeeta Kaur. The 1976 movie was directed by Harnam Singh Rawail. The story of Laila Majnu has been around since the 9th century, but it was the 12th-century poet, Nizami Ganjavi who popularised the story in his poems.