Music aficionados and Bollywood fanatics will soon witness the life and times of renowned ghazal and thumri singer Begum Akhtar on the big screen in “Ae Mohabbat” and if things go as planned, actors Irrfan Khan and Kangana Ranaut could be seen together onscreen for the first time.
Shri Anup Jalota Productions and Ae Mohabbat Productions on Tuesday announced the film on the life and times of Begum Akhtar, also the recipient of Padmabhushan and an icon of Indian classical music.
Directed by noted filmmaker Ketan Mehta, the film will have actor Irrfan Khan in the main lead with Oscar winner A.R Rahman giving the music of the film. Although the female lead if yet to be finalized but Kangana might end up doing the project.
“We are trying to get Kangana Ranaut to play one of the stages of Begum Akhatar in the film,” Jalota told IANS when asked about the female lead for the film.
“We have grown up listening to and idolizing Begum Akhtar. I have been wanting to initiate such a project and a tie up with Ae Mohabbat Productions. Associating with Rita Ganguly who knew her personally, is a real blessing,” he added.