Zaid Khan’s debut, directed by Jayathirtha, titled Banaras
A month-long shoot is planned at Varanasi, after which the team will be back in Bengaluru, where a big event is planned to officially release the title, the first look, and teaser
Zaid Khan’s launch vehicle, which will be directed by Jayathirtha, is titled Banaras. Shooting for the film is scheduled to begin from August-end in Varanasi. Zaid, the son of politician Zameer Ahmed, is getting associated with the Bell Bottom director for his first film. The filmmakers are planning to start the shooting with a simple pooja.
A month-long shoot is planned at Varanasi, after which the team will be back in Bengaluru, where a big event is planned to officially release the title, the first look, and teaser of the film.
Sources suggest that the director has done a test shoot already and the actors are busy with rehearsals before they head to Varanasi for filming this love story.
While the music of Banaras will be scored by Ajaneesh B Lokanath, Advaitha Gurumurthy will work as the cinematographer.
In an interview with us, Zaid mentioned that he had met at least 60 directors before finalising on the script with Jayathirtha. The newcomer has trained at Anupam Kher’s acting school, and though he had the opportunity to be launched in Bollywood, he preferred to start his career in the Kannada film industry. He has also undergone training for Kannada and Hindi diction.
Banaras gets Sonal Monteiro on board
The Banaras team is said to have zeroed in on Sonal Monteiro to star opposite Zaid. Sonal, who made her acting debut with the Tulu film, Ekka Saka, was last seen in Yogaraj Bhat’s Panchatantra. Having made her debut in Bollywood with Saajan Chale Sasuraal 2, which is yet to be released, the actor will team up with Jayathirtha for the first time. Sonal will also be seen in the Upendra-starrer, Buddhivantha 2, directed by Maurya, which is currently being filmed.