National award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who last helmed the Kirti Kulhari starrer Indu Sarkar in 2017, is returning to wield the megaphone after a gap of two years. The filmmaker has picked up a quirky cop-drama, tentatively titled Inspector Ghalib.

“The film will be set against the backdrop of sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Madhur has been researching on the subject for some time. Although the story is based on a real-life incident, he will give it a larger-than-life treatment,” a source close to the development let on.

The filmmaker is presently busy finalizing locations and the technical team for the film. If all goes well, the movie will mount the shooting floor in May. “The plan is to take it on the floors around May. To lend authenticity to the story, a major chunk of the film will be shot in UP,” the source added.

When Madhur was contacted for a confirmation, he said, “Yes, I am making this film, but it is too early to divulge more details at this point.”

Talking about the cast, we hear that Bhandarkar is in talks with Sushant Singh Rajput for the male lead. “Sushant, who had a meeting with Madhur Bhandarkar recently, liked the idea. He likes Madhur’s style of filmmaking and was keen to collaborate. Sushant is more of a director’s actor,” another source revealed.

Meanwhile, Sushant Singh Rajput will shortly be seen in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiraiya.  Also starring Bhumi Pednekar, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Bajpayee and Ranvir Shorey, the film enters cinemas on 8th February.

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