Sonali Bendre was last seen with Akshay Kumar in Angaaray (1998) and she will be pairing up with him again for Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2.
Confirming the news, Sonali jokes, “Can you believe it? Even I am in shock about it. Ekta (Kapoor) is very persuasive, so how could I say no?” Wanting to keep her role under wraps, she adds, “I have heard what the role is and I have liked it. I am looking forward to working with Milan (Luthria) with whom I did Chori Chori (2003). Let’s see how it shapes up.”
The actor finds it amusing that this role is being hailed as her return to films. “Frankly, I might never do another film role. I don’t think one can technically term my signing on for this role as a return, I am doing it for Shobha aunty (Kapoor) and Ekta, it is more of a family thing. I took on the assignment as I love Ekta’s storytelling sense and have a comfortable equation with Milan too.”
Ask her if her role is a cameo, and she says, “It is a different role but I can’t really define it. It will be a continuation from the earlier film and will focus on a relationship. I love that Milan has a different take on the relationship, which is the beauty of the role and the reason I took it.”
Even though the role may sound like the mature version of Prachi Desai’s character from the original film, Sonali keeps mum on it. Sonali has been a judge on India’s Got Talent on Colors, for the last three seasons but there are rumours that Riteish Deshmukh has replaced her.
Sonali explains, “I have no idea about India’s Got Talent as the channel hasn’t been in touch with me. If I have been replaced, well maybe I have. There is an entirely new team on the show now.”
If they approach her now would she be willing to do the show? “The camera is friendly with me but I get nervous with people around the sets. I want to be comfortable with people I work with, not stressed out.”