Filmmaker Anil Sharma is making his comeback and has gotten Nawazuddin Siddiqui on board for his upcoming project.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the director announced that the Black Friday actor had joined his romantic-thriller titled Genius.

“Nawaz plays MRS, a successful businessman who has come up the hard way. The story revolves around two geniuses, Nawaz and Utkarsh, both characters with grey shades,” said the Gadar director.

Sharma had wanted Nawazuddin for the role even while working on the script.

On why he chose Nawazuddin for the role, Sharma explained, “I wanted somebody who could play the character brilliantly so I approached Nawaz. While shooting, he added nuances and portrayed the character with finesse. We had been in talks to cast Nawaz for a long time. After several telephonic conversations, we met and he liked the script.”

He added, “I had wrapped up the 30-day first schedule in Mathura and Vrindavan when we met. He came on board and we were shooting his portions by November-end, wrapping up the film in February after shooting with Nawaz in Mumbai, Indore, Maheshwar and Mauritius.”

This will be Anil Sharma's first film in five years, with the last film being Sunny Deol's Singh Saab The Great. He has been working on his script for the past two years, and hopes to keep the film relevant to recent times.

According to Sharma, “I wanted to make a film with young actors as I am now focused on films that are a bit different from the kind I have made before. This one is a complete entertainer."

No release date has been given for Genius yet.