After garnering rave reviews for her role of an aspiring teacher having Tourette syndrome in hit film Hichki (2018), popular Hindi film actress Rani Mukerji will next be seen in Mardaani 2. The movie is a sequel to her 2014 crime thriller film Mardaani which was a critical and commercial success at the box-office.

While Mardaani was helmed by well-known filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar, the directorial baton for the sequel has been passed on to Gopi Puthran, who wrote the predecessor. The film will be produced by Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films.

Mardaani is and will always be extremely close to my heart. Right since its release, everyone has asked me time and again when I would be doing Mardaani 2 and I’m sure this announcement will come as a pleasant surprise to them all. Gopi has written an extraordinary script that we all love and I can’t wait to start shooting this film soon,” Rani Mukerji said in a statement.

In the first film, Mukerji’s character was pitted against a powerful villain called Karan Rastogi, a character played by Tahir Raj Bhasin. The actress says that the villain in Mardaani 2 will be merciless and with no empathy.

“Shivani will face a cold, merciless villain who has no empathy, no fear of God and is pure evil. The character has been written superbly and I’m excited to find out who the actor will be.”

Set to begin production in 2019, Mardaani 2 will hit the silver screen in by the end of the next year.