If reports are to be believed, filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar and actress Vidya Balan are about to join forces once again. Balan, who was most recently seen in Telugu film N.T.R. Kathanayakudu (2019), made her acting debut in Bollywood with Sarkar’s 2005 directorial Parineeta. The duo will be teaming up after a huge gap of 14 years.

According to fresh reports, Sarkar is presently working on a project which is based on the life of Binodini Dasi, a 19th-century courtesan, who began acting in theatre at a tender age of 12 and went on to become a force to reckon with in the theatre scene in Kolkata.

“Pradeepda has approached Vidya Balan for the titular role. The role requires a powerhouse performer, so she is a natural choice. The movie will be an adaptation of the chapters from Noti Binodini’s autobiography, Amar Katha, in which she recounts how she was loved, betrayed and exploited by the men in her life,” a source close to the development reveals.

The yet-to-be-titled film will be bankrolled by producer Vasant Thakkar. When asked about the project, he said he is yet to finalize the director to helm the project, “I have the rights of the book and am producing the film. The director is yet to be finalised.”

Pradeep Sarkar last helmed the Kajol starrer Helicopter Eela (2018).