“On your 70th birthday, you have given me the greatest present I could ask and dream for. Yours are directing me! Sadak 2 is a dream come true…
“What I thought will never be possible you have made possible. Thank you, daddy, from the bottom of my heart, soul and bones. This will be a journey of discovery…” Alia wrote on Twitter.
This is the first time Bhatt will direct the actor.
Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt, the original leads, also star in the film, along with new entrant Aditya Roy Kapur.
Bhatt’s production house Vishesh Films confirmed the news on the microblogging site.
“27 years ago, a love story won your hearts. A timeless tale. The next chapter begins… @MaheshNBhatt’s #Sadak2 in cinemas 25th March 2020!” the post read.
Pooja welcomed Bhatt back to the direction and thanked him for “the gift of Sadak 2 and the privilege of being directed by you”.
This will be the actor’s first film in almost two decades. She was last seen in 2001’s “Everybody Says I’m Fine!”. Pooja debuted in 1990 with Bhatt’s “Daddy” and followed it up with films such as Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee and “Sir”, among others.
Sanjay said he was proud to embark on this journey with the director again.
“Thank you for giving me #Sadak Bhatt saab. Wish you a very Happy Birthday,” he tweeted.
Sanjay and Alia are also working in Kalank. The original film was the story of a taxi driver (Sanjay) trying to rescue the woman he loves (Pooja) from a brothel. It also featured Sadashiv Amrapurkar as Maharani, brothel’s owner and Soni Razdan.
Sadak 2 is slated to release on 25 March 2020.