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Kapil Sharma pockets three-film deal with YRF

MUMBAI: Stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, who has made his mark on television with ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’, is now all set to make his foray into the big screen as an actor. The latest is Sharma has signed a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films’ youth division Y-Films and will debut as the lead actor in their upcoming feature film ‘Bank-Chor’.

Sharma has also signed a talent management deal with YRF’s talent management wing that handles celebrity endorsements and films.

Yash Raj Films business and creative head of youth films, talent management and brand partnerships Ashish Patil said, “Kapil is one of the most exciting names in entertainment right now. He opens up a whole new space of films, brands and more for us. Audiences are going to see a whole new side of him in ‘Bank-Chor’. We’re thrilled to welcome him into the YRF jungle.”

‘Bank-Chor’ will be a comic thriller about three idiots trying to rob a bank. They pick the worst possible day when everything goes wrong, and inadvertently end up in the crossfire between cops, industrialists and corrupt politicians. Directed by Bumpy and produced by Ashish Patil, the film will see principal photography start in April this year.

Sharma said, “It’s a privilege and a dream to be part of the YRF family and have my launch with their youth film studio Y-Films. The script is the most exciting part since it’s the kind of role that’s very unlike the stereotype of a comedian or what people could typecast me as. As an actor, I find it challenging and am so excited that I’ve already started working on the nuances of the character. I’ve done serious theatre for years before comedy. Finally with YRF’s vision, I’ll get to do this again after a 12-year break and this script has equal scope of comedy.”

The comedian turned actor will now join the likes of Rani Mukerji, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sushant Singh Rajput, Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Vaani Kapoor and Saba Azad in YRF’s talent wing.