Sara Ali Khan
's name began trending after reports of her playing a double role in Atrangi Re went viral on social media. Directed by Aanand L Rai, the film also stars Akshay Kumar and Dhanush.
Going by a recent Mumbai Mirror report, Sara will feature in a double role. Her character will reportedly romance Akshay Kumar and Dhanush's characters in two different eras. The story is a cross-cultural love story set in Bihar and Madurai.
A source close to the development told the publication: "It's a double role of sorts for Sara, the idea is to showcase diverse sides of the actress. Akshay and Dhanush's characters too have a special trait that separates them from the rest of the cast." The source also revealed that a "special look" got designed for Akshay Kumar's character. "Their appearances will be in sync with the way they act and react while a special look is being designed for Akshay."
Atrangi Re will reportedly showcase the two love stories from different eras. They follow the romance of Akshay-Sara and Dhanush-Sara. The stories will run in parallel timelines. Talking about the film's screenplay, the source told Mumbai Mirror. "While Atrangi Re is a love story set in the heartland, laced with humour, the storytelling is in a zone the filmmaker has not attempted before. The screenplay follows a non-linear narrative of two romances from different timelines running in the parallel."
Atrangi Re marks Akshay Kumar's first film with Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush. Talking about working with Sara and Dhanush for the first time, Akshay had told news agency PTI: "My combination with Sara and Dhanush makes it true to its title - Atrangi!" The film is also Akshay and Sara's first project with Aanand L Rai. Aanand worked with Dhanush before in the 2013 film Raanjhanaa.
Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush will start shooting for Atrangi Re in March. Akshay Kumar will join them later in April. The film is set to hit theatres on Valentine's Day next year.