Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan will star with Mohanlal in a Malayalam film based on the hijack of an Indian Airlines flight to Kandahar in Afghanistan in 1999, the movie director Major Ravi said.

The veteran actor held discussions in this regard with Mohanlal and Ravi here on Sunday night.

Mr. Ravi told PTI that the story of the film, presently named ’Kandahar’ was narrated to Mr. Bachchan last night.

“Bachchan ji was engrossed in the story and after hearing it said I am doing it,” Mr. Ravi said.

The shooting would begin by June, July or August this year as per Mr. Bachchan’s convenience, he said.

Mr. Bachchan would be playing the role of the father of a hijack victim and his portions would be shot either at Mumbai or Delhi airport. He would be appearing in the second half of the film and has a ‘meaty’ role’, Mr. Ravi said.

On the other actors, he said he was on the lookout for a young Tamil actor. Earlier, it was reported that Kamal Hassan will be acting in the film.

The female artist has not yet been decided, though it could be Ananya of ‘Naadodigal’, who played the role of Nallamma in the Malayalam film.

Mr. Ravi has directed films like ‘Keerthichakra’ starring Mohanlal and ‘Mission 90 Days’ with Mammootty.

Earlier, while addressing a gathering here, Mr. Bachchan was asked whether he would work in a Malayalam film, to which the actor replied, “somebody will have to make an offer to me”.