As Farhan Akhtar announced his new directorial venture on Tuesday, fans had much to celebrate. The newly announced project ‘Jee Le Zara’ not only has Akhtar donning the director’s hat after a long time, but it will be Bollywood’s first road trip movie with three female actors playing the lead.
The film features Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. Sharing a picture with her `girlfriends`, Priyanka recalled the 2019`s November month when on an unusually rainy night in Mumbai she mused about wanting to do another Hindi movie ‘ASAP’.
“But it had to be the right one – different, cool, never been done before… I thought. The idea grew into a movie helmed by an all-female cast. There are not enough Hindi movies that are female multi-starrers. This led to an impulsive phone call… to my 2 real friends about this idea that involved 3 on-screen girlfriends. A celebration of friendship we called it!!” Priyanka shared in the caption.
The `Bajirao Mastani` actor further shared that the three divas “enthusiastically met in February 2020”, just before the COVID-19 pandemic, “to discuss who we could trust to bring this vision to life for us and our choice was unanimous… Farhan and Ritesh, Zoya and Reema. We had all worked with @excelmovies and @tigerbabyfilms individually so this seemed perfect. It just so happened that Farhan was working on a female road trip movie at the same time! Talk about all the stars aligning!!”Priyanka revealed that it took a three-year-long gap to align their work schedules with each other.” This one is to sisterhood… to friendship and to breaking the mould!! Can`t wait to get on the road with Aloo and Katty. My heart`s smiling. See you at the movies,” she concluded.
Alia and Katrina also penned gratitude notes on their Instagram handles.Re-sharing Priyanka`s post, Alia wrote, “2 years ago, 3 girls came together with 1 dream. There was only one place to go to make that dream come true; to 4 of the funnest dream-makers and storytellers in the business @faroutakhtar @zoieakhtar @reemakagti1 @ritesh_sid And now 50 Zoom calls later, countless laughs later, with hearts full of love and excitement, Here we are. #JeeLeZaraa.”
On the other hand, Katrina wrote, “This makes my heart smile. I just love these girls and being around each other is just too much fun always – combine that with a great script, awesome director, and a road trip and the sky`s the limit.”
Replying to Katrina in reference to her role in the blockbuster hit `Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara`, producer Ritesh Sidhwani commented, “You are on the driving seat this time,” using a wink emoticon.
`Jee Le Zaraa`, which is written by Farhan, Zoya Akhtar, and Reema Kagti, will go on floors in 2022.