On his 70th birthday, veteran screenwriter-director Mahesh Bhatt announced his return to direction. His last directorial venture Kartoos released in 1999 and now he will wield the megaphone again almost after two decades.

Bhatt is making a comeback to direction with a sequel to his 1991 hit film Sadak, which starred his elder daughter Pooja Bhatt alongside Sanjay Dutt. The film was one of the most successful offerings of the year.

While Pooja and Sanjay have been retained to reprise their roles in Sadak 2, Mahesh’s younger daughter Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur will be the newest addition to the cast of the film.

“As I step into the sunset years of my life, the last act, there’s something that has happened to me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I will ever hear the words – a Mahesh Bhatt film – mentioned around me again. Alia used to say, ‘Papa, make a film’. And I would tell her that I am like an extinct volcano. But then, suddenly one day, the volcano was rumbling. You know, they say that autumn is another spring, so as I go into my autumn years, it’s the process of what is called decomposition or decay, that too is a way of life,” said Mahesh Bhatt.

Sadak 2 is expected to begin production later this year. It is scheduled to release on March 25th, 2020.