Press Trust of India
February 01, 2013 14:14 IST
Karan Johar says Akshay Kumar was thrilled when he approached him with the script
Director Karan Johar has teamed up with actor Akshay Kumar for a film to be directed by Punit
Malhotra, of I Hate Luv Storys fame.
Akshay will play one of the leads in the two-hero movie, the shooting of which is scheduled to start early next
year. The other male lead will be announced next week.
"I can't divulge too much now. But what I can definitely say is that the movie is mainstream and has a very
strong underlying social message. It is solid and hard hitting. Punit brought me this amazing script. I immediately
approached Akshay and he was equally thrilled with the idea,"Karan said in a statement here.
Talking about Akshay, Karan Johar said, "If Dharma Productions has to collaborate with Akshay, then it has to be
the right kind of film. And, as I said earlier, this one, apart from being commercial, has a strong voice."
On the collaboration, Akshay said, "We are two very passionate producers with one great aim - to entertain. Both
Karan and I want to make our fathers proud."
Karan's mother Hiroo Johar and Akshay's wife Twinkle Khanna will co-produce the film. Before the film with Akshay kick starts, Punit will direct Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in a love story titled Gori Tere Pyar Mein, which goes on floors in March.