Kajol who was last seen in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’ (2015), is gearing up to return to the big screen after the hiatus of three years. While the actress played a romantic character opposite Shah Rukh Khan in her last release, her next film revolves around a mother-son relationship and Kajol will be playing a single mother in it.

The yet-untitled film will be directed by Pradeep Sarkar whose last directorial was Rani Mukerji starrer ‘Mardaani’, released in 2014. ‘Ship of Theseus’ director Anand Gandhi has written the script which has been adapted from his own Gujarati play, ‘Beta Kaagdo’. “I was offered the script around four months ago. It took me a while to understand the Gujarati tone but eventually, I fell in love with this extremely emotional story which boasts of some really strong characters and there’s a chance of people getting really close to them,” Sarkar confirmed the news.

The preparation for the film has already started and reading sessions with Kajol is expected to begin soon. The film will roll in January and will mostly be shot on the outskirts of Mumbai. Talking about his leading lady, Sarkar said: “Kajol is an awesome actress who picks up a role and owns it. She has her own style, charm and a particular way of talking that enhances the character.”

Kajol’s husband and actor Ajay Devgn is producing this film with Abhinav Shukla. Amit Trivedi will be scoring the music while Swanand Kirkire has come on board to pen the lyrics.

“I am getting involved in the dialogue and character-building as there are a few insights that I want to incorporate to make the film more endearing. This is not like Parineeta, where everything was detailed, this is more free-flowing, a character and music-driven film,” Sarkar concluded.