Sonakshi Sinha has opted out of ad-filmmaker Ishwar Singh Muchhal’s film in which she was to play Dalbir Kaur, Sarabjit Singh’s sister.
Sonakshi took the decision early this week. Those close to the actress apparently convinced her that the role in the film, being produced by Subhash Ghai, is not apt for a young, bubbly girl like her.
“Another reason was that her father, Shatrughan Sinha, was approached to play a significant role of a lawyer in the film. When things didn’t work out with him, Ghai approached Amitabh Bachchan with the role but after reading the script Bachchan felt that he couldn’t do the film because he had already committed to playing a lawyer in another film. The fact, that neither of the two senior actors would figure in the cast also made Sonakshi have second thoughts about the project,” says a source.
Sarabjit, a resident of Bhikhiwind, Punjab, was arrested in Pakistan on charges of espionage in 1990. He was in the prison for 22 years before he succumbed to injuries sustained after his fellow inmates, attacked him in 2013.
All the while his family maintained that he was innocent and wrongly framed. The tragic story of Sarabjit and his sister’s long and futile struggle to bring him back home alive has since captivated many filmmakers.
Ghai has already taken permission from Sarabjit’s family, in particular his sister. The film is being written by Rajesh Beri and will trace Dalbir’s efforts to free her brother from prison.
Mirror also has it that Shatrughan is not too happy with Ghai. After Kalicharan and Vishwanath, the filmaker was supposed to cast him in Meri Jung and Ram Lakhan. Even Devaa was envisaged with Shatru in mind but never got made. This time also Ghai first sounded out Shatru and then took the role to Bachchan.
Added the source, “It was a tough call for Sonakshi but Ghai has been informed.” When contacted, Ghai shot back, “We haven’t signed any actor for the Sarabjit film. Where is the question of anybody opting out?”