By RAHUL RAUT

Abhishek Chaubey’s next directorial tentatively titled ‘Sone Chidaiya’ has got a new addition to its cast. The National award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee has also come on board to play a pivotal character in this film. He will be joining Sushant Singh Rajput as a dacoit in this Ronnie Screwvala production.

Manoj Bajpayee to speak in Bundelkhandi dialect in Sone Chidaiya

Confirming the news, Manoj said: “Yes, that’s true though we are yet to zero in on a name for my character. I always wanted to work with Abhishek as I’m a huge admirer of his work. I have seen all his films, from Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya to Udta Punjab. He picks his stories from rural or semi-urban areas and weaves them beautifully. When I got a chance to be a part of his story-telling, I couldn’t turn it down. For me, this film is not so much about the role as it is about working with Abhishek Chaubey.”

Bajpayee will be seen speaking Bundelkhandi dialect in this film for which he will begin the preparation soon. He is expected to start the shooting in February 2018. Before that, Bajpayee will resume the shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala’s ‘Baaghi 2’ in December.

‘Sone Chidaiya’ revolves around the dacoits of the Chambal valley, set in the 1970s. It’s said to be high on emotions and drama with a love story in the backdrop. Bhumi Pednekar who is basking high after two back-to-back hits this year will play the leading lady. Besides Sushant, Manoj and Bhumi, the film also stars Ashutosh Rana and Ranvir Shorey in key roles.

Manoj Bajpayee turns dacoit for Abhishek Chaubey's next

Sudip Sharma who has written this film with Abhishek Chaubey recently said, “Some of them (the Chambal dacoits) have more than 80 murder charges on them. Everyone has heard horror stories about the dacoits of Chambal but I’ve realised the reality is quite different from what Hindi films portray. We aim to capture that reality.”

The film is scheduled to go on floors on 10th January next year and will be shot across real locations of Chambal, Morena and Bhind in Madhya Pradesh (India).