“Udta Punjab”, the upcoming project from Phantom Films, will focus on the drug problem in the state through four different stories. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey of “Dedh Ishqiya” fame, the film is currently in its shooting stage with Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh in the lead roles.
“‘Udta Punjab’ is a story of four different people merged together. There are four different stories and four different perspectives. It is set in Punjab and talks about the drug scenario. It is the first Hindi film to deal with the issue,” producer Vikramaditya Motwane said.
The film has grabbed attention for its star cast that also includes former couple Shahid and Kareena.
“‘Udta Punjab’ has a brilliant script. When we read it, we decided to produce the film at one go. All the four stars in the film are brilliant. Shahid and Kareena are in different section. They are not working together,” he said.
The film also marks the debut of Punjabi superstar Diljit. “He is a brilliant actor. He has a huge fan following in Punjab,” Motwane said.
Phantom film’s upcoming outing is “Hunterrr”, a coming-of-age comedy about a lustful guy and his journey. Motwane said he and his team were very impressed after watching the film and decided to back the project as they found it very funny.
“I saw it after the shooting was over. We have worked with Harshvardhan Kulkarni (director) in ‘Hasee to Phasee’ as he was the writer of the film. We thought it was superb and funny,” the “Udaan” helmer said.
“Hunterrr”, releasing this Friday, stars Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte and Sai Tamhankar in lead roles.
Motwane, who last directed Sonakshi Sinha-Ranveer Singh starrer “Lootera”, said he is busy as a producer throughout the year but will return to writing for his next project as “Bhavesh Joshi” was shelved.