Earlier today on the occasion of 20 years of the film Dil Chahta Hai, Farhan Akhtar announced his next directorial which will be a road trip but with three female protagonists. For the first time ever the film will bring together Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, and Alia Bhatt who will be starring in the road trip film about three friends.
Announcing the film, Farhan wrote, “Did someone say road trip? Thrilled to announce my next film as director and what better day than 20 years of Dil Chahta Hai to do it. #JeeLeZaraa with @priyankachopra #KatrinaKaif @aliaa08
will commence filming in 2022 and I cannot wait to get this show on the road.”
Hours after the announcement, Priyanka took to her Instagram handle to share a picture with Katrina and Alia which was clicked in February 2020 when they first met to discuss a film with all-female cast. Priyanka revealed that she wanted to do a very different Hindi film and called up her 2 real friends, Katrina and Alia, and discussed the same. They approached Farhan with the idea who was coincidentally planning a female road trip movie at the same time.
“Let’s rewind, to me musing about wanting to do another Hindi movie ASAP, on an unusually rainy night in Mumbai in Nov 2019. But it had to be the right one – different, cool, never been done before… I thought. The idea grew into a movie helmed by an all-female cast. There are not enough Hindi movies that are female multi-starrers. This led to an impulsive phone call… to my 2 real friends about this idea that involved 3 on-screen girlfriends. A celebration of friendship we called it!!,” Priyanka wrote on her social media handle sharing a picture of the trio.
“Katrina, Alia, and I enthusiastically met in February 2020 (as seen in this picture), just before the world shut down, to discuss who we could trust to bring this vision to life for us and our choice was unanimous… Farhan and Ritesh, Zoya and Reema. We had all worked with @excelmovies and @tigerbabyfilms individually so this seemed perfect. It just so happened that Farhan was working on a female road trip movie at the same time! Talk about all the stars aligning!!,” she added.
“And here we are today… #JeeLeZaraa… it only took 3 years to align all our schedules but we stuck together and got it done!This one is to sisterhood… to friendship and to breaking the mould!! Can’t wait to get on the road with Aloo and Katty. My heart’s smiling.See you at the movies,” she concluded.