Anees Bazmee’s Mubaraka which begins shooting in November and which stars Anil Kapoor and his real-life nephew Arjun Kapoor, has found its leading ladies. Confirming the same Anees says, “My heroines in Mubaraka are Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty. Arjun Kapoor has a double role. So the two leading ladies are cast opposite him.”
There was media speculation on Sonakshi Sinha being cast in one of the roles and on how she said no to the film, apparently because she has a problem working with Arjun Kapoor. There were also reports of Parineeti Chopra being part of Mubaraka.
To his credit Anees doesn’t attempt to pass these reports off as a media-made rumour, “We did approach Sonakshi Sinha. But she didn’t do the film for whatever reasons she might have.”
Anees is happy with his cast of Mubaraka. “Anil plays a Sardarji. We’re working on his looks and his accent.”
The film brings together Anil Kapoor and his buddy Amrita Singh. The two did the popular comedy Chameli Ki Shaadi three decades ago. “It’s good to work with artistes of the calibre of Anil Kapoor and Amritaji with whom I’m working for the first time. I promise you, the pair will be a riot.”
This is the first time that Anees is working on a script that he isn’t written himself. “But that doesn’t mean I am blindly shooting whatever has been given to me. I’ve worked on the script for a good 2 ½ months to ensure it is watertight and gripping.”