Yash Raj Films, under the leadership of Aditya Chopra, has enlisted director Shiv Rawail for its inaugural female-led spy film featuring Alia Bhatt and Sharvari. According to a report by Pinkvilla, Shiv, known for his directorial debut with the studio’s Netflix series The Railway Men, has commenced pre-production for the untitled spy flick, slated to commence filming in the latter half of 2024. In this upcoming project within the YRF Spy Universe, Alia and Sharvari will portray super agents.
Before making his digital debut with The Railway Men, which premiered on Netflix in November 2023, Shiv Rawail collaborated with Aditya Chopra as an assistant director on several of his productions. The latest film in Yash Raj Films' ambitious spy universe was this year's Fighter, after Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan. and Salman Khan-led Tiger 3.
According to the report, "Alia will take on a mission that will push her to the edge, and this gritty action film will expand the YRF spy universe further. Her inclusion in the YRF spy universe indicates that Aditya Chopra is leaving no audience segment out of the equation for this franchise. Alia is the biggest superstar amongst youth and Gen Z of India and she is also one of the most adored actresses of our generation. She playing a spy in an all-out adrenaline pumping entertainer is a big novelty for all audience skews that she appeals to. Alia is as big as the biggest heroes of our time and she headlining a YRF spy universe film pretty much cements this perception."
Bhatt once played a spy in Raazi but this role in the YRF film will reportedly feature her in a never seen avatar. Last year, she made her Hollywood debut with Heart of Stone, in which she played the antagonist and she sppeared in Karan Johar's Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani alongside Ranveer Singh, Jaya Bachchan, and Dharmendra.
More about YRF's spy universe
YRF's spy universe came into being with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's 2012 film Ek Tha Tiger, followed by the sequel Tiger Zinda Hai in 2017. The next to follow was Hrithik Roshan's 2019 film War, which also had Tiger Shroff. It was then followed by this year's Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Tiger 3 braught back Salman and Katrina again. War 2 starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger vs Pathaan starring Salman and Shah Rukh are also in the works.