“Baby” movie poster.

MUMBAI — Akshay Kumar is reportedly playing a cameo in a forthcoming Neeraj Pandey production being directed by Shivam Nair. The film stars Taapsee Pannu as a Research and Analysis Wing agent, as was the case in “Baby.”

But there is strong buzz that this film is a prequel to their 2015 success “Baby,” which was apparently always meant to be a franchise. There are plans for a sequel too, but only if a solid script is worked out. This film was discussed when “Rustom” (again produced by Pandey) was being made, and Kumar was game.

The Pandey-Kumar association began with Pandey’s second film “Special 26” (2013) and has now become such a torchbearer of the substantial films Kumar does nowadays with such great success that most people feel that even “Airlift” involved the filmmaker. What’s more, most people think that Pandey’s next production “Rustom” is also directed by him.

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