Srijit Mukherji Ready With Next Project ‘Sherdil’

Srijit Mukherji has finally wrapped up the shoot of his second Hindi film ‘Shabaash Mithu’, the biopic of Indian cricketer Mithali Raj. In the film, Taapsee Pannu plays the role of the Indian women’s cricket team captain.

On Tuesday, Srijit took to his social media handle to announce the wrap-up news. Sharing a post-wrap-up picture with the cast of the film he wrote, “The saga finally ends…it’s a wrap for Shabaash Mithu!”

Srijit was roped in to direct the sports biopic after filmmaker Rahul Dholakia had to quit the project because of the change in schedule. The film went on floors in Mumbai in April, but the shoot was put on hold because of the second wave of COVID-19. ‘Shabaash Mithu’ has also been shot at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground and it was a dream come true moment for Srijit.

Now, after wrapping up the Taapsee Pannu- starrer sports biopic, Srijit is ready with his next Hindi project. Titled ‘Sherdil’, the film will see Pankaj Tripathi in the lead alongside Neeraj Kabi and Sayani Gupta. If all goes according to plan, the shooting will start from November 18. According to the latest reports, the critically acclaimed director recently did a recce in North Bengal’s Gorumara National Park and ‘Sherdil’ is likely to be shot there.

Srijit’s film ‘Sherdil’ was announced in 2019 and the shooting was supposed to start in 2020 but due to the pandemic it got stalled. The plot focuses on the man-nature conflict against the backdrop of a jungle. Giving a peek into the film’s story, Srijit had earlier said: “When I read about the bizarre trend that villages bordering the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve were sending older members into the forest so they would fall prey to the tigers, it baffled me. Villagers are entitled to compensation if their relatives die in the reserve forest. And to many families, this seemed like an easy way to earn money. The whole incident made me think about how inhuman some people can be. The story I’ve carved out of the incident is, however, on heroism. It revolves around Gangaram, the chief of a village, who voluntarily goes into the forest to save his poverty-stricken family. What happens when he goes into the forest is what the film is all about. This is my dream project and I will go all out to make it happen.”

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