By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Friday, January 19, 2007
The casting of Farah Khan's next film Om Shanti Om (OSO), produced by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment, is now complete and the director is heaving a sigh of relief.
Along with Shah Rukh Khan, model Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade and Kirron Kher, Arjun Rampal and newcomer Yuvika have now joined the OSO team.
Says a buoyant Farah, "I have just signed Arjun for OSO. It's a very interesting role and I needed a big personality for that - someone who can walk with that persona.
Arjun has a different look in the film... very '70s style and looks great in it. I have extremely pivotal characters in the film apart from the main cast including Shah Rukh, Deepika, Shreyas and Kirron, and Arjun now completes the team. I have also signed newcomer Yuvika in a pivotal role for OSO."
And who is Yuvika? "She's a model who has done the recent Thumbs Up ad with Kunal Kapoor."
For his part, Arjun says, "I am very excited about the film. I will start shooting for Farah this month."
Farah says OSO, which is a love story, is going to be "one of the biggest films of 2007 in terms of budget, story, look, styling and scale - much bigger than Main Hoon Na - as it's a period film in the first half. The art designer, Sabu Cyril, has created Bollywood sets from 1977."
The choreographer-turned director concludes in her trademark tongue-in-cheek style, "Please don't say that we are remaking Karz. Karz was never set against the backdrop of Bollywood!"