The hunt for the leading lady for Thugs of Hindostan which is being helmed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and stars Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan was going on for quite some time. Finally, last week it was revealed that Fatima Sana Shaikh has bagged the role of the leading lady. The Dangal actress will be pairing opposite Aamir.
Talking about Fatima, Vijay said, “The role of the girl is pivotal to the film so it was crucial for us to find the perfect fit. Through a rigorous round of auditions and action workshops, we found in Fatima a truly dedicated actor and a gifted performer of the action. We are very happy to have found the perfect girl for our film.”
On how she got the role, a source revealed to a leading daily, “Nobody was surprised when Fatima Sana Shaikh was signed opposite Aamir Khan in Thugs Of Hindostan. While a few top actresses includingDeepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and even Vaani Kapoor were in talks to do the film, most of them, save Vaani, weren’t so keen once they heard the fee for the film, especially when Aamir was being given his market price and more. The actresses had loved the script as it revolved around the female protagonist taking revenge but the talks fizzled out when they realised that Aditya Chopra wanted them to sign the film almost for free. There was a discussion whether Vaani or Fatima suited the role better — the latter was Aamir’s choice and the former Adi’s. Eventually, Aamir had his way.”
The shoot will commence from June 1, 2017, and will release by Diwali 2018.