Two forces of Indian cinema, iconic director Shankar and Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh are coming together for the remake of the filmmaker’s 2005 cult blockbuster ‘Anniyan’.

This is anticipated to be one of the biggest director-actor collaborations in recent times. Shankar, known for his ground-breaking, larger-than-life vision, and Singh, who has given India some of the most unforgettable and lovable characters on-screen, are coming together in an unprecedented creative coup.

Shankar will be directing Singh in the official adaptation of ‘Anniyan’, which will be mounted on a gigantic cinematic canvas, proving it to be one of the biggest pan-India projects.

Expressing his excitement, Shankar said, “For it to be made into a Hindi film, ‘Anniyan’ needed a maverick, charismatic showman like no other to play the part. I found this in the mercurial Ranveer Singh because he is a once-in-a-generation actor who has shown us that he can immortalise a character through his stellar performance.”

“I’m thrilled to make ‘Anniyan’ for the pan-Indian audience and I’m confident that this powerful story will strike a chord in the hearts of all. In Dr. Gada, Ranveer and I have found an ideal producer who believes in the vision we have to change the nativity of content for audiences across the country,” he added.
Blessed to have this opportunity, Singh acknowledged Shankar for being a true disruptor who always brings exceptional ideas to the screen. He also disclosed that he had always hoped and dreamed of collaborating with the 57-year-old ace filmmaker.

“To lead a film like ‘Anniyan’ is a dream come true for any artiste. Vikram Sir, one of our country’s finest talents, an artiste who I hugely admire, gave a colossal performance in the original, one that can never be matched,” Ranveer said of the upcoming project.

“I can only hope that my interpretation and rendition of the part also connects with audiences in the same way. It’s undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime performance piece, and I am ready to give this role every single ounce of my being. Shankar Sir is a genius filmmaker and a true visionary. Words don’t do justice to just how excited I am at the prospect of being directed by him,” he added.

Bringing these creative giants together for the very first time will be veteran film producer Dr Jayantilal Gada, Chairman and M.D. of Pen Studios.

The remake of the action-psychological thriller is set to start shooting mid-2022. It will be co-produced by God Bless Entertainment.