Two hitmakers. One big project

Turning 40 has never been so grand. But trust Karan Johar to make any occasion memorable. After planning nine projects in the year and then taking on the challenge of judging the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa, the filmmaker is now ready to unite with another hitmaker of B’town. Mirror has learnt that KJo’s Dharma Productions has joined hands with Rohit ‘Golmaal’ Shetty for a film that goes on floors next year.

Karan Johar confirmed the news and said, “Dharma Productions and Rohit Shetty will come together. All of us in the company are really excited about this association. Rohit is an extremely talented mainstream filmmaker and I am sure, together we will make a very special film.”

When contacted, Rohit Shetty too confirmed the news. He added, “I have immense respect for Karan’s father. He is an excellent director himself and a director’s producer. We have met and finalised that we would be doing a film soon. We will decide the set up and other details very soon. I am sure it will be a great experience.”

Needless to say, Rohit, after a string of hits including the successful Golmaal series and Ajay Devgn starrer Singham, has become one of the most sought after directors in the Hindi cinema industry. “Rohit is commanding a price and respect like few others in the industry today. His success has not gone unnoticed. And now, he has been signed by Karan Johar to make a film,” said a source.

The source revealed that Karan and Rohit have been in touch for a while now. “Rohit was busy with the shoot of his film Bol Bachchan. Karan too was busy with his directorial Student Of The Year. However, on Sunday night, after Karan returned from his outdoor schedule in Bangkok, they signed the deal,” added the source.

The casting of the film is yet to be finalised. “Dharma Productions will be producing he film and Rohit will be directing it, since he had always been clear about not wanting to get into production as of now,” the source told us.

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