Interestingly, the upcoming political thriller was to be originally produced by Abhay Deol in 2011. In fact, the actor had planned to venture into production with 'Canada' when his plans to produce a film called 'Basra' dealing with human trafficking never took off.

Abhay was part of Navdeep's critically-acclaimed 'Manorama Six Feet Under' (2008). At that time, Navdeep was counted among the most promising directors. Says a well-placed source, "Abhay and Navdeep bonded well and became buddies. They planned several projects, but things did not work out."

In 2011, Navdeep and Abhay had teamed up for 'Shaadi of The Dead' (which was later retitled 'Rock The Shaadi') with Genelia D'Souza as his co-star.

The film, however, faced a roadblock when co-producer Ekta Kapoor pulled out. Abhay then planned to produce Basra with Navdeep as the helm. Things did not work out again and he decided to back 'Canada'.

"When he felt nothing was moving in case of 'Canada', Abhay turned producer with Devika Bhagat's 'One By Two' last year. Navdeep had been trying to find someone to invest in 'Canada' and in September last year, Rai came on board as producer. Now Anushka has also joined in," the source said.

The actress was not available for comment.

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