Karan Johar
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil producer Karan Johar acquired distribution rights of Rana Daggubati's Ghazi? Pictured: Karan JoharReuters

Producer Karan Johar, who is waiting to release Ae Dil Hai Mushkil on October 28, is said to have acquired the distribution rights of Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati's upcoming movie, Ghazi.

Ghazi is a bilingual, submarine-based war film, which is simultaneously being made in Hindi and Telugu and will be dubbed in Tamil. The movie is scheduled to be released in theatres around the world on February 24, 2017. The buzz in the industry is that Karan Johar is said to have joined the Ghazi team as a producer and is planning to its distribute its Hindi version.

"After the grand success of S S Rajamouli's directorial Bahubali, producer-director Karan Johar has started investing more in the South, and up next is the Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu-starrer Ghazi, and he has recently bagged the Hindi distribution rights for the film," a source close to production team reveals.

Ghazi is based on debutant director Sankalp's book, Blue Fish, which deals with the true incidents on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi, a Pakistan submarine by destroyer INS Rajput (D141) during the Bangladesh-Pakistan War of 1971. PVP Cinema is producing the movie, which has the music of Krishna Kumar, who is better known by his stage name, K.

Ghazi revolves around the story of an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine S21 and his team, who remain underwater for 18 days. Rana Daggubati is playing a Navy officer in this film, while Taapsee Pannu appears as a refugee. Kay Kay Menon, Satyadev Kancharana, Atul Kulkarni, Priyadarshi Pulikonda, Rahul Singh and Akshay Mittal are seen in important roles in the movie.

Rana Daggubati says that Ghazi is the India's first submarine-based war film. He is pushing his experimental envelope towards mainstream cinema yet again after Baahubali. The movie is expected to be a hit solo film in the career of the leader star.