The good news is that for the first time. Shatrughan Sinha is playing his own daughter’s father. The film to bring them together is Murugadoss’ Akira.
Now, for the bad news. Though cast together, Shatruji and his darling daughter have not one shot together in the film.
Says a well-informed source, “When Murugadoss approached Shatruji the actor was told he played the film’s lifeline. Shatruji plays Sonakshi’s father in Akira. But his character, dies while Sonakshi’s character is a still a child. So, all of Shatruji’s scenes are with the child actor playing Sonakshi’s childhood avatar. Later in the film, Shatruji’s voice serves as a guiding force in Sonakshi’s life. But they never come together face-to-face.”
This according to sources, feels Shatruji, won’t go down well with the audience.
“Shatruji feels there should be at least one sequence featuring Sonakshi and he together. Efforts are on to write such a scene into the script,” says the source.
Contrary to rumours, Akira is not a remake of a Telugu hit. This is Murugadoss’ first original script in Hindi. Both his earlier Hindi films Ghajini and Holiday were remakes of Telugu blockbusters.