Director Rohit Shetty was recently all praises for his lead female actor, Sara Ali Khan, in the upcoming movie, ‘Simmba.’
“When I met Sara for the first time, I realised she is a hardcore commercial heroine. She is made for masala films,” Shetty said about Khan. She will make her big Bollywood debut opposite Ranveer Singh in the film, reports the Hindustan Times. Talking more about Khan’s personality, the director said, “Sara approached me saying she wanted to work with me. I thought she’d be perfect for Simmba. She’ll match Ranveer’s craziness because her character in the film is such.”
Khan was supposed to make her debut with Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Kedarnath’ opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. The film ran into trouble when Kapoor and co-producers KriArj Entertainment had a disagreement over payment issues. Now, Ronnie Screwvala has taken over the project as a producer but the release date for the film has still not been finalised.
Simmba, meanwhile, will release on 28th December. It is an action drama in which Singhj plays a quirky police officer, Sangram Bhalerao. Karan Johar is producing the film.
Singh is also excited about working with Shetty. “We are done with more than half of Gully Boy’s shooting. After I wrap that in April-May, I will immediately be diving to Simmba. I am very excited to be working with Rohit sir for the first time on a feature film,” he had said in a recent interview.
“It’s a big one for me as he is the king of masala films, which I love more than any other kind of film. So this is something I believe I was born to do. I feel extremely blessed that I have the opportunity to work with best filmmakers in the business – from Sanjay Leela Bhansali to Zoya Akhtar to Kabir Khan to Rohit sir,” he added.
About working with Singh, Shetty said, “We have worked together in an ad film and that is when we started planning to collaborate for a film. But I couldn’t have imagined making Simmba if not for Ranveer Singh, because he is the only actor who has the strength to pull out such a character.
“This is the first time we will see Ranveer playing a policeman in an action film. There are certain colourful elements in the character of Simmba that Ranveer also has. So I really had to change my writing if Ranveer would have said ‘no’ to my film. “There is a lot of energy in the character, so as in him,” Shetty concluded.
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