Mumbai: Yash Raj Films has confirmed that its prodigy Anushka Sharma will star opposite superstar Salman Khan in the production house’s upcoming “Sultan” thereby ending rounds of speculation.
The news has come almost a year after the movie was announced and names of a slew of actresses from Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone, Kriti Sanon and Parineeti Chopa cropped up for the lead role. The rumour of Anushka’s involvement first surfaced a few months ago but then she denied, saying she was never offered the film.
Now, YRF’s casting director Shanoo Sharma took to Twitter to announce that the “Bombay Velvet” star has been roped in for the wrestling drama. “#Sultan @AnushkaSharma onboard!!” Sharma posted. The official Twitter page of “Sultan” also welcomed the actress on board.
“Meet Sultan’s Leading Lady! #SultanLeadingLady,” read the tweet. The post was accompanied by a picture of Salman, 50, and Anushka, where the 27-year-old actress is seen hugging the “Dabangg” star. Finally, Anushka too tweeted about it and posted the same mentioned picture. “Sultan,” she captioned the image. It is a homecoming for the “NH10” star after a gap of four years.
The actress, who made Bollywood debut with YRF’s “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” in 2008, was last seen in the production house’s 2012 romantic-saga “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, “Sultan” is a sports drama, set to release this Eid in a box office clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s “Raees”.
The movie will see Salman playing Sultan Ali Khan, a Haryana-based wrestler. The actor said in an interview earlier that “Sultan” is a romantic film.