Kriti Sanon was psyched up about teaming up with Rahul Dholakia for his next directorial offering. The woman-centric project was set to roll in 2019. However, the filmmaker postponed the shooting of the movie for reasons best known to him. Later, Sanon could not allot new dates to the filmmaker and opted out of the film.

After hunting out for his new leading lady for months, Dholakia reportedly finalized Taapsee Pannu for the lead role. He is expected to make an announcement soon. “After Kriti decided to step out of the film, Rahul had approached Sara Ali Khan for the same role but even she could not accommodate this film. Then, he offered the film to Taapsee Pannu and she loved the script. It is a brilliantly written crime thriller that is very performance driven. The producer Sunir Kheterpal was looking for a powerhouse actor who also has a good bankability at the ticket windows. He has delivered a huge hit with Taapsee last year in Badla (2019). So, when he told her about this film, she agreed to do it,” a source in the know informs an entertainment portal.

The source goes on to add, “Taapsee has said yes to it, but now, they have to figure out her dates. There are several films she has in hand – Haseen Dillruba, then Rashmi Rocket followed by Shabaash MithuLooop Lapeta, Sanjay Bhansali’s next production venture. With the COVID-19 effect on the industry, it remains to be seen when the situation can return to normalcy. It is only after that Taapsee and her team will take a call on Rahul’s film. Meanwhile, the Raees (2017) director will finish another project under Farhan Akhtar’s banner.”

The yet to be titled project is expected to begin production next year.