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Rajkummar Rao and Medha Shankar to star in action flick Maalik from Bhakshak director Pulkit; film goes on floors in September: Report

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Rajkummar Rao and Medha Shankar to star in action flick Maalik from Bhakshak director Pulkit; film goes on floors in September: Report

Shooting for Maalik is expected to begin in September and will take place in Lucknow and Varanasi, as the story unfolds in those locations.

Rajkummar Rao is known for taking on nuanced and often challenging roles. However, his filmography has so far lacked a full-fledged action thriller.  That's all set to change with his upcoming movie, Maalik. His sole foray into the action genre so far was the 2022 film Hit: The First Case. Maalik marks a significant departure from his usual territory, presenting him in a "hardcore action fare" helmed by director Pulkit, known for his work on Bhakshak. Medha Shankar, who garnered critical acclaim for her role in the 2023 film 12th Fail, has been cast as the female lead opposite Rao.

Rajkummar Rao and Medha Shankar to star in action flick Maalik from Bhakshak director Pulkit; film goes on floors in September Report

Rajkummar Rao and Medha Shankar to star in action flick Maalik from Bhakshak director Pulkit; film goes on floors in September: Report

According to a report in Mid-day, sources revealed that Rao has enthusiastically agreed to take on the lead role in Maalik. The film is described as a "natural extension" of Rao's desire to experiment with a new image. A source close to the project explains, “While Raj has carved a niche for himself with his solid performances, he hasn't developed the image of a hero of the masses. With his next few films, he wants to explore that space.”

The report further revealed that Maalik is an "emotion-driven, action entertainer" who will showcase Rao in a completely new light. The role will require him to perform "high-octane stunts," a stark contrast to his usual dramatic performances. To prepare for the physical demands of the character, Rao has reportedly begun working on building a more muscular physique.

As for Medha Shankar, the report describes the character as “a soft, intelligent and sensitive actor who would be the perfect foil to Raj's character.”

Shooting for Maalik is expected to begin in September and will take place in Lucknow and Varanasi, as the story unfolds in those locations. Director Pulkit aims to complete filming within a “three-month start-to-finish schedule.”

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