Mumbai, April 10: Actor Manav Kaul will play the on-screen husband of Vidya Balan in a slice-of-life comedy film “Tumhari Sulu”.
“Our search for the character of Ashok lasted for two months. We finally zeroed down on Manav, who is a fine, seasoned actor capable of blending into different roles. We were looking for someone solid opposite Vidya and Manav fits the bill,” said director Suresh Triveni in a statement.
Vidya will be seen in a fun role as a night radio jockey in “Tumhari Sulu”, being produced bT-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment.
The film’s shooting will begin later this month.
Vidya will shortly embark on a final round of look tests and script readings to prep for the role. She will also be taking dance lessons for the film, in which music plays a vital role.
The film is slated for a December 1 release.
Who is Manav?
Born in Baramulla, Kashmir, Manav Kaul lived in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh. He started the theatre group Aranya in 2004. Amongst his notable plays are Ilhaam, Park and Shakkar ke Paanch Daane, which was his first outing as playwright and director in 2004. His influences include Charles Bukowski, Vinod Kumar Shukla and Nirmal Verma, to whom he paid homage in his 2010 play Red Sparrow.
In 2012, Kaul debuted as a film director with Hansa, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He made his acting debut in Hindi cinema with fantasy film Jajantaram Mamantaram in 2003, and has been lauded for his performance as a right-wing politician in the Gujarat-based Hindi drama Kai Po Che! in 2013.