Director Anil Sharma recently revealed that he wanted to cast names like Aishwarya Rai and Kajol in ‘Gadar.’
Ameesha Patel was finally chosen to play one of the leads in the hit movie.
The filmmaker also revealed why he had to ultimately choose a fresh face for his movie.
Filmmaker Anil Sharma, who has been riding a wave of success after the release of ‘Gadar 2’, recently spoke about how he earlier wanted actors like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kajol to play the female lead in Gadar.
Speaking to Bollywood Thikana, the director said that there were many names that came to his mind to cast as Sakina. However, he had to choose between a big actress and casting Amrish Puri as the villain in the film. Ultimately, Sharma decided to go with retaining Amrish Puri in the film.
ANIL SHARMA ON WANTING TO CAST A BIG NAME AS FEMALE LEAD IN GADAR
“When we were doing the film, I had a lot of names of actresses on my mind. Aishwarya, Kajol. There were a lot of them. I had to narrate the script to them, and two-three of them heard and also liked it. A few of them turned it down as well. I don’t want to go into why they rejected it,” the filmmaker shared.
‘NO FILM WITHOUT AMRISH PURI’
The director said that there would be no film without Amrish Puri, which is why he chose to go with him: “Zee told me that they spoke to an actress who had agreed to star in it but was charging a lot of money. But the budget was tight, so they told me I had to choose between the heroine or Amrish Puri! So I chose Amrish ji and said I will cast a new heroine. Amrish ji was absolutely necessary. There would have been no film without him. He had to be this powerful Ashraf Ali. Then we decided to cast a new face.”
Both Gadar and Gadar 2 were big hits at the box office. The films star Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel in pivotal roles. Gadar 2 released this August.