Ok, here's the peg. Anushka Sharma is in good company. The question is, shall we thank Aditya Chopra or Nikhil Advani or both? So here's a short story on why Nikhil Advani opted for Anushka Sharma for Patiala House.
One of the close sources from London reveals, "Nikhil Advani still remembers the day when he read an article on why Aditya Chopra cast Anushka Sharma opposite Shahrukh Khan for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. The reason which Adi gave to the Press was that he wanted the audiences to feel that they were watching a SRK film but landed up coming out of the cinema houses seeing Suri, the character SRK plays in the film."
The source adds further, "If Nikhil had cast any well known face opposite Akshay Kumar, the audiences reaction would be different. Here they are clearly going to go in the cinemas watching an Akshay Kumar film but he wants them to come out of the theaters watching the character Akki plays. Nikhil wanted to make the characters real and so he cast Anushka Sharma. People are going to remember the character Anushka plays more than the actress of RNBDJ. Add to that, she is only remembered through RNBDJ as of now. Patiala House is a film with real characters, real moments and real emotions. In fact, Nikhil has also decided to tag this film 'A film by Nikhil Advani' as it remains true to himself more than giving out any wrong notions about the film to the audiences."
Well, for now, all Nikhil needs to do is - Thank Aditya Chopra for roping in Anushka Sharma. And two, pray that Patiala House brings the house down with its antics, emotions and a good story telling.