We have behind the scenes gossip on how Anushka beat the competition to nab the role of a lifetime opposite Salman.
The mystery is finally over. Yashraj has made an official announcement that Anushka Sharma will play the lead role opposite Salman Khan in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Sultan. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation on who would be the leading lady opposite Salman. Several names from Parineeti Chopra, Ankita Lokhande to TV actress Mrunal Kulkarni were in the running for this coveted role. But destiny had other plans or rather YRF head honcho Aditya Chopra had already decided in his mind that Anushka would fit the role.
So how did Anushka get the role? A source reveals that the decision was a very last minute thing. Till Thursday evening, there was no clarity on who the girl would be. The only two people who were in the know were Adi and Salman. It seems that director Ali Abbas too was in the dark, as all casting decisions and final calls are made by Adi.
After weeks of auditions and casting calls, Adi decided that that Anushka is best suited for the role of the Haryanvi speaking girl opposite Salman. One of the main reasons she got the part is because of her rapport with Adi. The YRF head is extremely fond of Anushka and wanted her to get this prestigious project. Even though another Yashraj protégé Parineeti Chopra was under consideration in the initial weeks, Adi wasn’t quite convinced that she could pull off this part. We are told that instead of Sultan, Adi has given Pari another film with Aditya Roy Kapur.
It seems that Salman is extremely happy with the casting as this would be a fresh pairing. His pairing with Sonam in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo worked in 2015 and he now wants to recreate the same success with Anushka. Stay TUNED and watch this space for more exclusive updates on Sultan.