Fatima Sana Shaikh gives a look test for role opposite Aamir Khan in Thugs of Hindostan?
Aditya Chopra was initially apprehensive of casting Fatima Sana Shaikh in Thugs of Hindostan as she played Aamir Khan's daughter in Dangal.
It was earlier reported that Saif Ali Khan's daughter Sara Ali Khan may be cast opposite Aamir Khan in Vijay Krishna Acharya's period drama Thugs of Hindostan. Now, it is speculated that the lead actor Aamir Khan's Dangal co-star Fatima Sana Shaikh has given a look test for the film.
Shaikh had initially expressed her interest in starring in the much-anticipated film. However, the producer Aditya Chopra was averse to the idea since Shaikh and Aamir had been cast as daughter and father in Nitesh Tiwari's sports drama from last year, Dangal.
International Business Times reports that there is a dream sequence in Thugs of Hindostan in which Aamir and the leading lady's characters lock lips so Chopra was not keen on having Shaikh on board as it would be a little difficult for the audience to accept them as lovers on screen.
Chopra's choice of the leading lady was Vaani Kapoor, whom he directed in the romantic comedy from last year Befikre, whereas Aamir's money was on Alia Bhatt who won the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress for her performance in Abhishek Chaubey's Udta Punjab last year.
However, the same report states that both of them, along with Shraddha Kapoor, turned down the offer as their role was not as meatier as that of Aamir. Another actor who is being considered for the role is Kriti Sanon.
Now, India Today reports that since the top leading ladies of the Hindi film industry have turned down the offer, the makers are reconsidering Shaikh for the role. She was even invited to give a look test for the period drama in which she is speculated to play a warrior. The look test, however, got leaked and found its way doing the rounds on social media.
Thugs of Hindostan will be produced by Chopra's Yash Raj Films. It also stars Amitabh Bachchan and is slated to release on Diwali 2018.
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