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Sunny Leone to play Meena Kumari in biopic? Director says she’s the only one courageous enough

Sunny Leone has emerged as the frontrunner to play legendary actor Meena Kumari in a biopic, after Vidya Balan and Madhuri Dixit turned down the role.

bollywood Updated: Dec 12, 2017 19:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Sunny Leone,Meena Kumari,Madhuri Dixit
Not Vidya Balan, not Madhuri Dixit, but Sunny Leone might play Meena Kumari in a biopic.(IANS)

Sunny Leone has emerged as the frontrunner to play legendary actor Meena Kumari in a biopic, after Vidya Balan turned down the role, according to a report by Bombay Times.

The report quotes director Karan Razdan as saying that while Sunny is an unexpected choice to play the screen icon, she expressed the most enthusiasm to jump on board the project.

“I think the only one, who is courageous enough and said to me, ‘When can we start this film?’, has been Sunny Leone. I have narrated it to Madhuri and Vidya but it didn’t work out for one reason or the other. Sunny came along, she said she had heard about this film and wanted me to narrate it. I met her at her house, had a long narration. I don’t know... She is not the ideal choice, I would say. But she was the most enthusiastic about doing the role. I guess, she also saw this as her big chance.” said Razdan.

According to the report, Balan turned down the film because she’s looking for a lighthearted project after finding success with her latest movie, Tumhari Sulu.

Razdan said, “I narrated her something but at the moment she is wanting to do something that’s non-serious. She has had too much of serious stuff. We spoke at length. Maybe tomorrow, I may have that kind of script for her. But at the moment, I wanted her to play the role of an actress of the 1960s. The film dealt with alcoholism and tragedy.”

Meena Kumari was known as the Tragedy Queen of Bollywood and starred in several cult films such as Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Pakeezah, Mere Apne, Aarti, Baiju Bawra, Parineeta and Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai.

She died at the age of 38 after battling alcoholism and a deteriorating health.

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First Published: Dec 12, 2017 19:22 IST