Sonakshi Sinha was my first choice for Haseena Parkar: Apoorva Lakhia

In a startling statement, director Apoorva Lakhia has said that Shraddha Kapoor was “totally second choice" for the lead role in Haseena Parker. He said he approached Sonakshi Sinha but it did not work out.

bollywood Updated: Jul 18, 2017 22:14 IST
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Bollywood film director Apoorva Lakhia poses during the trailer launch of Haseena Parker.(AFP)

It is quite rare for a filmmaker to admit he wanted a different star for his film, and rarer if the revelation is made before the film’s release. Director Apoorva Lakhia said on Tuesday that he had first approached Sonakshi Sinha to play the titular role of Haseena Parker.

Sonakshi could not work on the project and Shraddha was the director’s “second choice”.

“We had first approached Sonakshi. Our shoot kept on getting postponed. She was doing Force 2 at that time and John was injured. Shraddha (Kapoor) was totally my second choice. I knew she could play a 17-year-old and a 45-year-old too,” Apoorva said at the at the trailer launch of the film .

Shraddha Kapoor’s brother Siddhanth Kapoor, who is portraying the role of Haseena’s brother Dawood Ibrahim, was also present for the trailer launch event.

Speaking about his experience of working with Shraddha for the first time, Siddhanth said: “I was cast with Sonakshi Sinha but she could not do the film so my sister came on board which was the best that happened to my life and my career. She has been working so hard to pull it off.”

Bollywood actors Ankur Bhatia (L), Shraddha Kapoor (2R) and Siddhanth Kapoor (R) attend the trailer launch of Haseena Parkar. (AFP)

The ABCD 2 actress was asked if she ever gets bored of the girl next door characters, Shraddha said: “I would always take up an interesting romantic script, and I think being an actor can never be boring. We get to be so many characters; I cannot remember one instance when I was bored. Being an actor and being in films is a real privilege.”

This film will also mark Shraddha Kapoor’s first female protagonist film. She was last seen in Half Girlfriend with Arjun Kapoor.

Haseena Parkar is a biographical crime film directed by Apoorva Lakhia. The film is based on Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar’s life. It was initially named Haseena: Queen of Mumbai.

The film will release in theatres on August 18.

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First Published: Jul 18, 2017 22:07 IST