His upcoming biopic Haseena Parkar is based on terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar and produced by Nahid Khan. The film was initially named “Haseena: Queen Of Mumbai”. The film marks Shraddha Kapoor’s first female protagonist venture as she is essaying the title role. Kapoor’s real brother, Siddhanth Kapoor portrays the role of Dawood Ibrahim, and Ankur Bhatia plays the role of Haseena’s husband.
Often, unfinished business leaves a sour aftertaste, turning pleasant equations into bitter experiences.
What’s different about Sonakshi Sinha’s association with director Apoorva Lakhia is that there is no bad blood between the two, despite the actress backing out of his film, ‘Haseena Parkar’. It’s widely known that she was the first choice to play the title role in the biopic on gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s sister.
Incessant delays in flogging off the project had reportedly pushed her to reconsider her determination.
Bring this up, and Apoorva says, “I cognize there are several theories about why she gave the project. She and I will tell you just one thing: we couldn’t work out the dates. We were about to start ‘Haseena Parkar’ when John (Abraham) got injured which pushed around the agenda for ‘Force 2’. There’s a policy in Bollywood that the project nearing completion gives more preference for dates than a film that’s even to commence. Finally, when we tried running out the dates, she could just yield me a scattered set of 10 days here and 15 days there which I couldn’t give.
So, I had a conversation with Sona and she said, ‘Apu, I won’t be able to give you a chunk since I have committed dates to ‘Akira’ and a couple of other films.’ I said, ‘Fair enough, we’ll work out something next time’. That’s where we left it.”
After that, Shraddha Kapoor was roped in for the film. The film went on floors last year; its trailer released recently and the film will open in cinemas on Friday. When asked what Sonakshi had to say about it, the director says, “Sona texted me to say, ‘All the best, I hope it works’.”
Further, Apoorva asked about, Would Sonakshi has gained a better Haseena than Shraddha? Apoorva puts it bluntly, “No, I stopped thinking about who would have been a better cut for the part.
He continued, Shraddha is my Salman Khan today. She’s the hero of my film. She had the guts to get into a movie that was absolutely nowhere in her scheme of things. I realised she’ll be fantastic for the film when I met her for the first narration. She didn’t raise an eyebrow about playing a mother to four kids or the age-graph of her character. All she asked was, ‘Did that really happen to Haseena?’ She was confident about running the risk. And I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”