If rumours are to be believed, Bollywood’s serial kisser Emraan Hashmi has expressed his wish to work with Pakistani beauty Humaima Malik, in a movie tentatively titled Shaatir.
Rumours had been flying about casting Humaima for the Kunal Deshmukh film. Indian news agency IANS quoted a source as saying: “Humaima has been approached, but nothing is official right now. A screen test has been conducted. UTV and Kunal are looking for a fresh face for Emraan and if things fall into place, in all probability she [Humaima] will step into the project.”
The model-turned-actor has already gone through an extensive screen test. Humaima has impressed everyone, including director Kunal Deshmukh.
“The producers as well as the director won’t be ready to talk about casting her yet, since the nitty-gritty of the contract is being worked out. And they don’t want to jump the gun before signing her formally, since she is from Pakistan and no one knows what kind of issues might crop up,” the insider adds.
Deshmukh says, “It’s too early to talk about it. I can only reveal to you that Humaima has indeed (screen) tested with us.”
Another source says, “The film will bring forth a fresh pairing. Since there are hardly any actresses left, who have available dates, Kunal decided to cast a fresh face. He had seen Humaima work in Bol and was very impressed.”
The role was reportedly offered to Priyanka Chopra and Jacqueline Fernandez first, but they couldn’t take up the project due to date constraints.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2013.
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