Saad Khan's next titled Sangeet
The director’s next will be a romantic comedy-drama starring newcomers
Director Saad Khan’s next is going to be a romantic comedy-drama. The director of films like Station and Love and She, is awaiting the release of his upcoming directorial, Humble Politician Nograj, which marks the debut of Danish Sait. With his next, titled Sangeet, Saad Khan is exploring an urban romance between a couple, who meets at a wedding. The film will be bankrolled by Chandru Manoharan of Lahari Music and Nikhil Kumar under the banner, NK Entertainment. Interestingly, Chandru Manoharan is also producing a film for Nikhil Kumaraswamy, which is a sports drama directed by Vijay Kumar Konda. The film’s shooting had started before lockdown.
Now, Saad Khan’s project will have the two joining hands as producers. An excited Saad Khan tells CE,"Sangeet is a subject that has been on my mind for two years. Currently, I am working on the post-production for Humble Politician Nograj, Season 1, which will be out on OTT. Simultaneously, I am also working on the script for Sangeet,” says Saad Khan, who is looking to start with the pre-production work in September. “Hopefully, if the Corona situation becomes better, we will be going on floors in November,” he adds.
Since Saad’s strength is comedy, he says he is blending it with romance this time. “I am a big fan of romantic films, like Casablanca and DDLJ, and have been waiting to make a romantic film. Fortunately, it has come through at the right time,” says Saad Khan.
Talking about the buzz around Humble Politician Nograj, he says he will continue to do humour-based subjects. “We will be following it with Humble Politician Season 2. My first film has been a thriller, and I have done a film on postpartum depression. As a director, touching as many genres as possibl is a challenging process,” he explains.
Getting Sangeet to be backed by two good production houses is something Saad feels lucky about. “Humble Politician was produced by makers like Rakshit Shetty, Hemanth M Rao and Pushkar Mallikarjunaiah. Applause Entertainment is now producing the series, Humble Politician, and now Chandru Manoharan and Nikhil Kumar are jointly producing my project. At least in Kannada cinema, I don’t see that outsider-insider divide happening. Both Danish and I are not insiders. And both of us are busy with our work during the pandemic. It is a blessing,” says Saad Khan.
The director is looking to cast fresh faces in the lead roles and will be conducting auditions soon. “My strength as a director is that I can get a good performance out of an actor. Once I know that these are the two lead actors in Sangeet, it will help me figure out what kind of performance I can get from them,” he adds. Arkodeb Mukherjee who is working with Saad Khan for the Humble Politician series, will be handling the camerawork for Sangeet.