And there is a surprise in the cast. Finally 7 months after her blockbuster debut in Rohit Shetty’s Singham, Telugu star Kajal Aggarwal has signed yet another film.
Setting aside all the biggies that were offered to her after Singham Kajal has opted for offbeat director Neeraj Pandey’s take on on the real-life daring heist in 1987 where an unknown man posing as CBI officer Mon Singh recruited 26 men and executed a daylight raid on the Opera House branch of Tribhuvandas Bhimji Jewellers in Mumbai, and disappeared with jewellery worth lakhs.
Kajal plays a specially-written role of Mon Singh’s love-interest.
Says a source very close to the project, "Kajal is the only female character in a film about 26 men pulling off a daylight raid right under the cops’ nose. Everyone including Akshay felt that the film needed a certain amount of feminine glamour. So a role was specially written for Kajal in this men’s film."
Akshay apparently was keen that Kajal come on-board. After his spectacularly successful screen-jodi with Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif, Akshay has been on the look-out for another screen queen to keep step with him on screen.
Kajal, Akshay feels, could be the girl with whom he could form a new hit jodi.
While Kajal remained unavailable for comment a source close to the project quietly informed us, "A lot of actors including Ajay Devgn with whom she made her Hindi debut in Singham was keen to get her to do a second film. But Kajal wanted to be adventurous and different. She had seen Neeraj Pandey’s A Wednesday and loved it. More importantly she knew she wanted to work with Akshay Kumar as much as he wanted to work with her. The charm of doing Special Chabbis is that she’s the only female character in the film."
The film’s producers Viacom 18 were keen to bring the Singham girl into Special Chabbis opposite Akshay Kumar.
While Akshay and Kajal Aggarwal join the shooting from March 1 in Delhi, Anupam Kher and Jimmy Sheirgil started shooting with Neeraj Pandey on Thursday.