Never-before-jodi of Priyanka and Imran
By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: It’s final. The never-before jodi of Priyanka Chopra and Imran Khan would be seen together in Tighanshu Dhulia’s next directorial venture Milan Talkies which takes on the  culture of movie duplication and piracy in a quirky funny manner.Priyanka’s dates were hard to match with Imran’s, and for a while it seemed the project would have to go with another leading lady.The film to be produced by Ekta Kapoor would be the first to bring together Priyanka and Imran , also the director Tigmanshu’s first with Ekta’s production house.“We’ve been meaning to work together for a very long time. Milan Talkies has been in discussion for a while. I didn’t want to start it with a compromised cast. Imram and Priyanka are actors I want to work with.I’ve cast them in roles they’ve never done before. But If I tell you what they play I’ll give away the plot,” says Dhulia.The director, who is currently shooting the gangster comedy Bullet Raja, admits that new star-pairs add an extra dimension to any film. “I have Priyanka and Imran in Milan Talkies for the first time together. And I have Saif and Sonakshi Sinha together for the first time in Bullet Raja. They are looking so good together.”Tigmanshu is all praise for Sonakshi who has just started shooting for him. “She is so beautiful and in my film she plays an unsuccessful actress. That can’t be easy for her to do since she’s so successful. I guess that’s where the acting comes in.”Right after Tigmanshu completes Bullet Raja in April, he starts work on the pre-production of Milan Talkies.Says the director, “Even as we speak, I am putting finishing touches to Sahib Bibi Aur Gangster Returns. So it’s three back-to-back directorial projects. In addition I am producing Revolver Rani featuring Kangna Ranaut with Vir Das. Suddenly it’s a lot of work on my plate. But then I’ve waited long for this much activity in my career. Der aaye durust aaye.”