Confirms Shirish, "Minissha has been signed for the film. She would be playing a lead opposite Shreyas Talpade."
There was some deliberation that happened before Minissha came on board. While Akshay had been confirmed in the middle of last year itself, Sonakshi's name cropped up around the release of Tees Maar Khan. Early this year, Shreyas came on board and now Minissha has stepped in as well.
On asked to state the reason behind Minissha being the chosen one, Shirish (who has earlier directed Jaan-E-Mann) said, "I wanted someone who looks sweet and innocent. There had to be purity about her face and body language and this is what I got in Minissha."
Though Sonakshi is the lead opposite Akshay in the film, Shirish says that Minissha's character adds value to the film's plot as well.
"She is what I call 'an outside factor' in the film", says Shirish who would be kick starting the film's shoot later this month, "Though the film has a village setting to it, Minissha is an urban girl who joins the characters there. It's a performance oriented role instead of just being glamorous."
On her part Minissha is happy that things are looking up for her. After gaining good acclaim for her part in Well Done Abba, she went slow in signing films as she wanted to pick only the best of the lot. Now with a film that comes with the backing of the likes of Akshay Kumar and Farah Khan, Joker is an offer that she just couldn't refuse.
"Absolutely", Minissha nods in agreement here, "I am very happy that I am doing Joker as I always wanted to do a comedy. It's a genre that I wish to explore. Also, these are people for whom I hold huge respect. While Akshay has been around for so long now, I have been a great admirer of Shirish's work too."
She isn't apprehensive about Sonakshi Sinha taking away attention from her.
"At the end of the day everyone has his or her own irreplaceable place in a story", says Minissha who would soon be seen in Bheja Fry 2 and Hum Tum Aur Shabana where she is playing a central protagonist, "Whatever part that you may play in the film, I have to deliver my best and leave the rest for audience to decide. Eventually it is an entire film that they take home."
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