Rani Mukerji, who gave a smashing performance as a cop in the film Mardaani, will feature in the sequel of the movie which is to be directed by Gopi Puthran. Yash Raj Films have made the news official on their Twitter and Instagram handles. Gopi Puthran, who wrote the script for Mardaani, will be directing the sequel, Mardaani 2.

In the statement posted on YRF’s Twitter page, Rani said, “Mardaani is and will always be extremely close to my heart… Gopi has written an extraordinary script that we all love and I can’t wait to start shooting this film soon.”

In the 2014 Pradeep Sarkar directorial, which was Rani’s first film after the birth of her daughter Adira, the actress played the role of inspector Shivani Shivaji Roy, who destroys a human trafficking racket in the search of a young girl, whom her niece befriended.

Freezing their decision for choosing their lead in the cop drama, Yash Raj Films wrote on the official twitter page, “Rani Mukerji is an amazing actress, and in her career span of 20 years, she has given some memorable performances. While in the 90s, we had seen her play the girl-next-door kind of roles, from the past few years, her choice of films have only gotten better. Rani has reached at that stage of her career where she doesn’t need a male hero to make her film a hit or appealing.”

The first film, Mardaani, proved a breakthrough for Tahir Raj Bhasin, who featured as a ruthless villain. In the statement shared, Rani gave a sneak peek into the character of the new antagonist, saying, “Shivani will face a cold, merciless villain who has no empathy, no fear of God and is pure evil. The character has been written superbly and I’m excited to find out who the actor will be.”

The film, which is expected to go on floors in 2019 and will release later in the year, will be produced by Rani’s husband Aditya Chopra, head of Yash Raj Films. This will be Rani’s first film after Hichki, which released earlier this year. adapted from Hollywood film Front of The Class (which was in turn adapted from Brad Cohen‘s autobiography of the same name), in Hichki, Rani played the role of an aspiring teacher battling Tourette Syndrome and the movie turned out to be a critical and commercial hit.