Anushka Sharma is working for the first time with Salman Khan in Sultan. But not many people know that before Anushka, Parineeti Chopra was also being considered for the role. Now in a recent interview, director Ali Abbas Zafar revealed why Anushka was selected for the challenging role.
He told DNA, "The girl's part in this film, it was imperative to
get that right. For the longest time we wanted a new girl, I want
to be very honest about that. We auditioned a lot of girls and we
didn't find the girl that we wanted for that character. Then we
started toying with the idea of casting one of the current
actresses who could pull off this character.''
He further added, ''On top of that, a girl also had to
physically look a certain way because she is an athlete, and she
had to be a good actress who could match the standard of Salman
Khan. And if she was a star it's even better. That is how after
almost spending two-three months time figuring out who we want, we
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"The way she has pulled through... In the film, when she fights international tournaments, she is very good. Wrestling is a sport of strength, but it's also a sport of technique. You have to use your mind and you have to use the right technique and Anushka nailed that," he said.
He concluded, "All I will say is, when we were boiling down to things, there was a talk of Parineeti, because she had a body type. But I wanted Anushka because I just felt that. At the end of the day, as a director you can only go by your gut and instinct. And I went with that."