Alia Bhatt says she’ll be ‘upset’ if her actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor doesn’t take her as producer for his directorial debut

Bollywood star Alia Bhatt said Monday that she would love to produce her husband and actor Ranbir Kapoor’s directorial debut and would be “upset” if he didn’t ask her to be a part of the project. During promotions for his latest release ‘Shamshera’, Kapoor reportedly expressed his desire to try his hand at directing movies.

The actor, who will next be seen in ‘Brahmastra Part One: Shiva’ alongside Bhatt, had said that he had already written a story during the pandemic-induced lockdown and was looking for writers to develop it.

During the trailer release for her upcoming film ‘Darlings’, Bhatt’s first producing venture, the actress was asked about the possibility of producing Kapoor’s directorial debut.

“We discussed it, actually. I told him that if you don’t force me to produce it, I’ll be very angry!”

“I told him if you don’t want to take me as an actor, that’s totally fine. He told me, ‘No, no, I need you, you’re a tyrant,’ as a joke. I’m a creative producer, so I’ll give my creative input on stage. writing and I will produce it,” he told reporters here.

‘Darlings’ marks the directorial debut of writer Jasmeet K Reen. The dark comedy set in Mumbai will begin streaming on Netflix from August 5.

Bhatt has produced the film through his Eternal Sunshine Productions banner, in collaboration with superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.

The actress, last seen on the big screen in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, said she was struck by Reen’s sharp writing and instantly felt like producing ‘Darlings’.

“When I met Jasmeet in 2019, I had a tight schedule. But I have a habit of taking a narration because you never know where a good script can come from. The narration was pretty normal and suddenly it changed gears.

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“I was on the edge of my seat and it’s rare that I’m surprised with a script, but it happened with ‘Darlings.’ he added a year.

Bhatt recalled that Khan had told her that he does not generally co-produce films, but made an “exception” for her. The duo had co-starred in “Dear Zindagi,” the 2016 coming-of-age drama film.

“He (Khan) said that we will have a lot of fun and enjoy filming the movie. He recently saw the movie and in typical ‘Darlings’ style, he sent a message: ‘Thank you Darlings for making these movies,'” he said.

“Darlings” stars Bhatt alongside Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew.

According to the official synopsis, the film explores the lives of a mother-daughter duo trying to find their place in the city, “searching for courage and love in exceptional circumstances while fighting against all odds.”

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