Towards the end of 2016 we had reported that the Talvar director Meghna Gulzar had locked a subject for her next directorial venture that would be based on the book Calling Sehmat. In fact we had also reported that the film revolved around a Kashmiri girl married to a Pakistani army officer against the backdrop of the 1971 war and that Alia Bhatt had been approached to play the lead.
Well now we hear that Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions will be coming on board to coproduce the film along with Junglee Pictures. While the film itself will go on floors in June or July this year, it will not feature any major action sequences since it is based on conditions that led to Indo-Pak war in 1971 but not the actual war. Instead the story of the yet untitled venture will follow Alia Bhatt’s character of a spy as she juggles between responsibilities as a daughter and wife as well as duties towards her nation.
Based on the Harinder S. Sikka novel Calling Sehmat, the espionage thriller will have the actress as a Kashmiri girl who is married to an army officer across the border who provides Indian intelligence agencies with invaluable information during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.