Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan during a media interaction for their film 'Dear Zindagi'. Image Credit: PTI

After the success of the 2016 film ‘Dear Zindagi’, actors Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt are all set to reunite for another movie titled ‘Darlings’.

However, unlike their first movie, the duo will not be sharing screen space in the upcoming film. Khan is set to produce ‘Darlings’, which will feature Bhatt in the lead role.

The upcoming film tells the quirky story of a mother-daughter duo set against the backdrop of a middle-class family living in Mumbai. According to a source, the entire film is developed by Red Chillies and was narrated to Bhatt earlier.

“She loved it and instantly came on board the film,” the source shared.

‘Darlings’ will mark the directorial debut of Jasmeet K Reen, who has worked as an associate director and chief assistant director on multiple films and previously written films like ‘Force 2’, ‘Fanney Khan’ and ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’.

Apart from Bhatt, the film also stars Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew. Shah will play Bhatt’s mother in the film.

“It’s set in Mumbai against the backdrop of a middle-class family and traces the lives of two women, as they find courage and love in exceptional circumstances,” the source added.

An official announcement of the upcoming film is expected this week and according to the source. ‘Darlings’ will go on the floors as early as the first quarter of 2021. The source added: “In fact, the movie is gearing up for a release this year itself. The pre-production work is going on full swing, and the team is all ready to take it on floors very soon in Mumbai.”

Apart from ‘Darlings’, Khan’s team is working on multiple films on the production front, with ‘Love Hostel’ featuring Bobby Deol, Vikrant Massey and Sanya Malhotra all set to start filming, while ‘Bob Biswas’ with Abhishek Bachchan is in the post-production stage. The movie is gearing up for a summer 2021 opening.

There are several other subjects that are on the verge of being greenlit, including Khan’s next acting stint, which is expected to go on the floors after the YRF production, ‘Pathan’.

Khan is currently shooting for ‘Pathan’, which features him as an agent with actor Deepika Padukone joining him on the mission. Actor John Abraham hand plays the antagonist in the film.

According to reports, the film has been shot in Dubai, with a major stunt sequence planned at Burj Khalifa as well. — With inputs from Bindu Rai, Entertainment Editor