Mumbai, Dec. 18 -- Four years after the Aamir Khan-starring blockbuster Ghajini (2008), director AR Murugadoss is all set for his second Bollywood
project - a remake of his own Tamil hit, Thuppaki. While Akshay Kumar was always going to play the role of the male lead, there was some debate over who should play the female lead. But now, it looks like Sonakshi Sinha has beaten the other three actors whose names were being considered for the part.
The makers wanted an actress who looks like a boxer, and whose attitude can match Akshay's. Ishaqzaade star Parineeti Chopra, Cocktail actor Diana Penty and Kajal Agarwal, who stars alongside Vijay in the Tamil original, were the names in the ring.
An insider says that while "Parineeti was in talks for the role, Diana and Kajal were not very high on the makers' priority list. Sonakshi was always on Murugadoss's mind. The idea was to cast a girl who can match Akshay's machismo with an unapologetic attitude. And she has proved she can do that with the Dabangg series."
Interestingly, the Thuppakki remake will be Sonakshi's fourth film with Akshay, after Rowdy Rathore, Joker and the unreleased Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. She also did an item number in Akshay's hit film, OMG: Oh My God. It's believed that Akshay also wanted Sonakshi for the role, even though he wasn't involved with the process. "The casting was Murugadoss's call. Akshay is friends with Sonakshi and her family, but he has been too busy with Khiladi 786 and the shooting of Boss to participate in these
decisions," adds the insider.
Shooting for the yet-untitled remake, jointly produced by Akshay's Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul Shah's Sunshine Pictures, will begin early next year. The script has apparently been tweaked to suit a pan-Indian audience.
MORE ON DABANGG 2
Dabangg 3 to be a prequel
Actor Salman Khan, who is on a promotional spree for his forthcoming movie Dabangg 2, says the third instalment of the franchise will be a prequel to the first film.
"We have our third film ready and it will go back and show how Chulbul Pandey becomes Chulbul Pandey. If the second one becomes a hit, we can go to the third one, which is actually the first one. So Dabangg 3 will be a prequel," said Salman, who plays a corrupt, but kind-hearted cop in the movie. FULL STORY
Salman Khan to enter the 200 crore club with Dabangg 2?
When almost every contemporary of his is trying to consolidate his place in the 100 crore club, Salman Khan is in a different zone altogether. While leading the pack in the century club with as many as four films already there, he is eyeing the much coveted 200 crore club with Dabangg 2.
"100 crore is passe now, not just for him but every superstar worth his salt. Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn and now even Ranbir Kapoor has cracked it. Aamir anyway started it all. So for how long can one continue to bask in the glory of something which is fast becoming a trend and is almost a rule than being an exception. The new 'mantra' is 200 crore. Only Aamir is sitting pretty there after 3 Idiots. Now Salman is the one who can take a possible shot at that mark", comments an insider. READ MORE
Salman Khan's Dabangg 2 gets cleared without cuts
The most anticipated film of the year Dabangg 2 is just a few days away from release.
The Salman Khan-Sonakshi Sinha starrer has been cleared by the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC) with a U/A certificate which is surely good news for the makers of Dabangg 2 and fans of Salman Khan. STORY INSIDE
Follow us at @htShowbiz
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.