Newcomers Ishaan and Ananya Panday are teaming up for the movie "Khaali Peeli", backed by filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar.
Ali, best known for directing blockbusters such as "Sultan", "Tiger Zinda Hai" and "Bharat", has joined hands with Zee Studios to co-produce the film.
Ishaan shared the first look of the film on Instagram with the caption in Hindi, â€œEk dedh shana, ek item, ek taxi aur ek raat ki kahani. Apun la rahe hain 2020 ki sabse rapchip picture. Its time for Itâ€™s time for #KhaaliPeeli (A street-smart guy, an item, a taxi and the story of one night. We are bringing the most awesome film of 2020. Its time for Khaali Peeli).
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Ishaan, who has dropped his surname Khattar, made his Bollywood debut with "Dhadak", while Ananya entered the industry with "Student of the Year 2" this year.
Ishaan can be seen flaunting his six pack abs with a stern look on his face as he stands with his hand around Ananya shoulder, who is in a crop top and shorts. The two are leaning on to a taxi parked behind them. The film seems to be based on the lead pair's one night journey. It is expected to be set in Mumbai, where the taxis are popularly called â€˜kaali peeli (black and yellow cabs).
Directed by Maqbool Khan, "Khaali Peeli" is set in Mumbai and promises to be a "young, edgy roller-coaster ride that kick-starts one night, when a boy meets a girl," the makers said in a statement.
"'Khaali Peeli' process has been organic. Maqbool, Himanshu Kishan Mehra and I worked on the script for almost a year and when we thought it was completely baked, we took it to this enthusiastic young cast.
"I am happy that Zee Studios is producing this film with us, apart from the other massive film we are working on. We will announce our next big collaboration soon as well," Ali said.
Ace music composers Vishal-Shekhar will give music for the film, which will go on floors on September 11 this year.
"We at Zee Studios are delighted to partner with Ali as he commences his journey as a producer. This is the first of many! It's such an exciting script with tremendously promising talent attached to the film. Exciting times ahead," Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios said.
Maqbool said he cannot wait to "start this ride with this young talent".
"Khaali Peeli" is scheduled to release on June 12, 2020.