Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda is geared up for producer Rahul Mittra’s Mard in Lucknow but the makers are yet to get the permissions in place from the government in Uttar Pradesh. They are likely to begin shoot only in August.
Rahul in an interview mentioned, “I attended a webinar with members of the UP government last week, where I formally apprised them of my film and sought clarity [on the way ahead]. I am hoping to hear from them soon. Looking at the current situation, I don’t think we can start shooting before August.”
When told that he may consider shooting in Mumbai itself, given that Maharashtra state government has already allowed resumption of shooting, with a proper set of protocols to be adhered to, Rahul said he does not intend to occupy the middle ground. “A major portion of the film has to be shot in the city. I can’t compromise on the location as that is the real hero of my film,” he mentioned in the tabloid.
Mard is to be helmed by Sai Kabir who has earlier directed Kangana Ranaut starrer Revolver Rani. The film chronicles a new age love story that explores different shades of an Indian alpha male. The shooting was initially to begin November 2019 and scheduled for an early 2020 release when announced.
About his upcoming projects, Randeep recently told Hindustan Times, “I was shooting a film (before the lockdown was announced in March), a Bollywood comedy with Ileana D’Cruz tentatively called Unfair and Lovely. We were almost through with that and had about 10 days to go. So that was a bit of a setback, I wish I’d finished that so I could then prepare for my one but since that is not finished, part of me stuck over there. Then I did another movie tentatively called Rat on the Highway, which is an out there kind of a subject. That I finished and there’s another movie called Mard, which was going to go into production but still it’s on a standby right by.”