Mumbai: Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a shutdown of theatres and compelled filmmakers to take to OTT platforms for releasing their initiatives, filmmaker-writer Faruk Kabir has no regrets.

In reality, he’s glad that his Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi-starrer, Khuda Haafiz launched digitally. I anticipated the story to resonate with the youth, however because it launched on OTT, individuals throughout all age teams reached out to me and instructed me how the movie impacted them,” he says.

Because the movie was acquired effectively globally, the makers introduced quickly after the discharge that Khuda Haafiz would have a sequel. Faruk says that he at all times knew that the movie would require a second half.

He says, “The story of Sameer and Nargis (the lead actors) remained unfinished on the finish of the movie. I had as soon as shared the concept of a sequel with Vidyut in order that his creativeness might take flight. Submit the success of the movie, Kumarji (Kumar Mangat, producer) was keen I carry the journey ahead.

Khuda Haafiz was impressed by the story of a real-life newlywed couple. Faruk says that the concept of the sequel got here to his thoughts due to the couple and the varied incidents from their life that he want to recreate on display screen. The director has about three months of writing to do earlier than the sequel goes on the flooring in April, 2021. Whereas Khuda Haafiz was majorly shot in Uzbekistan, the situation for taking pictures the sequel is but to be finalised. “We would shoot the movie in two totally different areas,” says Faruk, including that the sequel shall be an even bigger problem for the lead pair and a tougher movie to strategy emotionally.

Speaking about his lead actor, Vidyut, and the bond he shares with him, Faruk says, “Our relationship goes past movies. After a very long time, I’ve discovered a pal inside the trade. Our conversations are by no means restricted to cinema. I need to showcase the depth in his persona on display screen. So far as his character within the movie goes, the sequel will see him do motion sequences, as that’s his forte, however solely as per the requirement of the character.

Faruk hasn’t finalised the remainder of the forged but however reveals that there shall be three-four important secondary characters who’re nonetheless being developed.