After the massive failure of Daawat-e-Ishq, director Habib Faisal is all set for his next project that was in the limelight for many reasons in the past few months.
The first reason was that the film was quite similar to Nikhil Advani’s ‘Lucknow Central’ starring Farhan Akhtar and Kriti Sanon. The film was about a rock band formed by jail inmates.
Then, after the Uri attacks, the production house was rumored to have dropped out Ali Zafar’s younger brother, Danyal Zafar after the ban on Pakistani artists were announced.
It was then when the director thought of putting Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin, Aadar Jain into the shoes of Danyal Zafar. Aadar is the son of Raj Kapoor’s daughter Rima Jain.
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After Aadar, it was the female lead the director was worried about. So he has chosen a Delhi girl Anya Singh as the female lead for the film.
When asked about casting a fresh face in the film to the casting director, Shanoo Sharma, he said that Aditya Chopra always looks for fresh faces and finding new talent. When the casting for this film was taking place, the team kept looking for girls from Delhi, Chandigarh and other cities from the North. While looking, the team kept Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma’s talent recipe in their heads.
The casting director also said that the team wanted a talent that came out of nowhere and conquer the industry. To them, Anya filled that space of requirement and straight away got into a 3-film deal with the Yash Raj Films.
When Shanoo showed Anya’s audition to Habib Faisal, he commented that she gave a crackling audition and that he was liking her. Although Habib Faisal found her to be a bit childish but he takes her kiddishness in a positive way and says it will work in the favour of the film’s story.