Mahesh Babu cast Aarti in Abhay because she has a good height, which is essential for any heroine of tall Darshan; also, she can understand Kannada since her family has roots in Karnataka.
Aarti is a multi-talented personality. She is a model, dancer, fitness trainer and aerobics expert. Aarti is married to Mumbai businessman Deepak Thakur and the couple has two kids. The actress has acted in many Hindi TV serials and short films.
Aarti Thakur, Mrs. India World 2006, is the heroine of Abhay, the forthcoming film of challenging star Darshan. Abhay is directed by Mahesh Babu and produced by Bala Reddy. The first shooting schedule has been completed in Bangalore and the second schedule is expected to begin soon.