By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Suniel Shetty's eagerly-awaited production of the global
espionage thriller Mission Istanbul seems to be going
through a lot of casting upheavals.
First it was Bobby Deol who opted out and was replaced by Zayed
Khan. Then Tusshar Kapoor didn"t have the required dates. The
latest rumour doing the rounds is that Sagarika Ghatge, Preeti
Sabarwal from Chak De India has been signed to play one of
the female leads in Mission Istanbul.
"Not at all," explains Apoorva. "I don't know where that rumour
started. Sagarika isn"t in Mission Istanbul. The only
female lead we've finalized is Shreya Saran (who was recently seen
with Emraan Hashmi in Awarapan). The other girl is still
to be finalized."
So what's the cast of Mission Istanbul so far? "It's
Zayed Khan, Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Shabbir Ahluwaila, Shreya
Sharan and newcomer Niketan Dheer who"s character-actor Pankaj
Dheer's 6-feet-something son and quite a discovery," informs Apu.
And yes, contrary to skepticism, Abhishek Bachchan is putting in a
guest appearance in Mission Istanbul.
"I have to have either Amitji or Abhishek, or preferably both in
all my films," says Apoorva.