More and more Bollywood A-listers are jumping into the OTT bandwagon. The latest to do so is Varun Dhawan. Though he is yet to sign on the dotted line, Dhawan is in talks with Amazon for a role in the Indian spinoff of their global espionage series Citadel.
While Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Richard Madden and the distinguished Stanley Tucci lead the cast for the global version of the series, Varun Dhawan is being considered for the Indian spinoff of Citadel which will be directed by Raj & DK whose The Family Man has re-defined the OTT space in India.
Raj & DK are currently helming a series for Amazon featuring Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi. They will be shooting the Indian spinoff of Citadel as soon as they complete the untitled Sethupati-Shahid series.
In the meanwhile the 7 episodes of the international version of Citadel with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Richard Madden which will air from 17 March 2022, has begun shooting in London. Curiosity about Priyanka’s character is humongous. All that is known at the moment is that she plays a spy, and that too is an unverified rumor.
Also, for those desi Bollywood fans hoping to see Varun and Priyanka together in Citadel there is bad news. The Bollywood two stars have no scenes together, as Varun will only be part of the Indian spinoff the series, provided the negotiations for his inclusion in the franchise bear fruit.
How far has the negotiations between Varun and Amazon gone?
“Pretty far,” my source informs me. “Varun is keen to be part of Citadel. The only point of contention is the price that Varun is asking for.”