Sonam Kapoor and her sister Rhea Kapoor who produces Aisha
offered the male lead to Sonam"s pal Imran Khan. At that time Imran
and Sonam were already doing I Hate Luv Storys and had
become great buddies. Naturally Sonam presumed Imran would happily
do her home production.
But the Kapoor family was in for a shock when Imran declined the
offer pleading there was not much for him to do. Anil admits Imran
was indeed the first choice for Abhay Deol"s role. Says the candid
star-actor, “Rhea and Sonam did send the script over to Imran. I
don"t know why he didn"t do it. Maybe, he was wary of a script that
was named after the heroine. But Abhay is the perfect choice".
After Imran"s refusal, Anil immediately commanded the
Aisha team to rechristen the film. “I told them no hero
would take a film seriously if it is named after the heroine. I
ordered them to call the film 'Production No. 3" not
Aisha. I was different I did so many heroine-centric films
like Beta with Madhuri Dixit and Lamhe with Sridevi. Even Mr. India
was more Sri"s picture although it was our home production."
Anil is very proud of his daughters for having managed
Aisha all on their own. “I did nothing. I gave Sonam and
Rhea a free hand. I was there to help them with inputs. But
Aisha is completely their baby. Now we"re planning 2-3 new
productions. One of them would definitely have Sonam in it."