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There is something about Anees Bazmee and rumours. He has two films that are expected to go on floors soon and the casting of the both the films seem to be making a lot of noise. While the cast of Aankhen 2 is anything but finalized, with Ileana D’Cruz claiming she is not a part of the film, the casting of Mubarakan also has had enough roadblocks. The latest we hear is that the director had apparently approached Katrina Kaif for the film.
Our sources reveal that Anees’ first choice for the lead girl in Mubarakan was Katrina. “Since Anees has worked with Katrina on two of his biggest hits he wanted to repeat her and create the same magic again. Mubarakan is also a fun story just like Welcome and he believed Katrina would fit in perfectly. However Katrina thought it would be odd to romance Arjun, who she considers a brother,” says the source. Katrina and Arjun Kapoor had indeed become close much before Arjun turned an actor. They had first met when Katrina was dating Salman and Arjun was dating Arpita. “Anees obviously understood the equation. More importantly he would not have let go off Arjun as this was the first time Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor were teaming up for a film. The uncle-nephew team has already warmed the trade circles,” adds our source.
It may be noted that earlier reports suggest that Anees had approached Katrina for Aankhen 2 as well. However she backed out after initial talks. When we reached out to Anees Bazmee to get a confirmation on the same he denied having ever approached the actress for any of the films. “I have not approached her. And I don’t think my producer approached her as well. She is a very dear friend of mine and we have worked on two beautiful films with her, Welcome and Singh in Kinng. We had such a beautiful song during Singh Is Kinng. If I ever need her for a role I will definitely approach her and I know I won’t have to try too hard to convince her,” he said. “She will understand that if Anees has approached her with a role, it will be a good one. People like Katrina, Ajay (Devgn) are ones I will never have to try hard to convince. They are my friends and have full faith in me,” he points.
Our text to Katrina for an answer on the same went unanswered.
Mubarakan now will feature Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty apart from Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. There were reports of Anees approaching Sonakshi Sinha too before finalizing Athiya. Sonakshi had gone on record saying, “It was a matter between me and the producer. It was a professional decision to not to do the film and nothing else.” Casting for a film certainly does not seem to easy when it comes to Anees Bazmee.
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