Anyone who has watched the trailer of or the film Haseena Parkar based on the sister of the main man of the notorious crime syndicate D-company, Dawood Ibrahim, will attest – Shraddha Kapoor is simply outstanding in the biopic. The actress who has often been criticized for roles of a romantic girl-next-door has shed her skin like a snake or even faster. Aapa – a word that was enough to send shivers down the spine of Nagpada area as people trembled in fear of the gangster-cum-godmother Haseena. Shraddha brings to life this very chilling tale of the Queen of Mumbai. But director Apoorva Lakhia revealed that she wasn’t always the first choice to play the mafia queen.
Sonakshi Sinha, and not Shraddha Kapoor, was the initial pick for the titular role of Haseena Parkar in the biographical drama. But due to her unavailability, the team had to go with Shraddha who was always the second choice. “Director Lakhia had said at the trailer launch, “We had first approached Sonakshi. Our shoot kept on getting postponed. She was doing Force at that time and John had got injured.”
He further asserted, “Shradhha was totally my second choice. I knew she could play a 17-year-old and a 45-year-old too.” Albeit the Batti Gul Meter Chalu actress has very much lived upto the mark, she wasn’t exactly sure if she could pull off the coup. Says Shraddha, “I was very scared and Apoorva kept saying ‘you can do it’. When he showed so much confidence in me, I thought I have to prove him right.”
Meeting the subject always helps an actor get his mark right. But sadly, that couldn’t happen in case of Haseena Parkar. Shraddha reveals, “Unfortunately I couldn’t meet Haseena Parkar. It would have definitely helped me portray her. But Apoorva Sir had spent a lot of time with her. He told me how was her aura. I am happy that this is the first time I am getting to play a real life character.”
So, for those of you who did watch the film because if you haven’t you might as well leave (kidding!) – what are your thoughts, Shraddha or Sonakshi, the better pick? Let us know in the comments box.
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