Shabana Azmi Niece Opposite Anil Kapoor Son in Rakeysh Mehra Film

Shabana Azmi Niece Opposite Anil Kapoor Son in Rakeysh Mehra Film

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Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra announced yesterday that he has finalised Saiyami Kher to play Sahiban in Mirzia, his next venture after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Both Saiyami and Ayesha Kapoor went through a four-month workshop for the same role, with the former outrunning the Black actress, by a “very close” margin.Shabana Azmi Niece Opposite Anil Kapoor Son“Saiyami worked on the character for several months and after a point we knew we had our Sahiban,” he says, adding that he was unaware that she is Usha Kiran’s granddaughter and Shabana Azmi’s niece. “My story is a fresh expression of love so I knew only newcomers could pull it off. I cast both Saiyami and Harshvardhan (Anil Kapoor’s son) purely on artistic merit.”

The film will roll by September and it is the “biggest challenge” Rakyesh has attempted so far. “In terms of the canvas and grandeur, it is bigger than anything I have ever done. Mirzia is a tragic love story, a musical with lots of action,” explains the filmmaker as he gears up to fly off to the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne where Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has won three awards. “India has already honoured us with the National Award,” he beams.

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