Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2
just got bigger. After casting Akshay Kumar
as Dawood, the older version of Emraan Hashmi's character in the first part, producer Ekta Kapoor
and director Milan
Luthria met up with Shahid Kapoor
and asked him to play Chhota Rajan, Dawood's best man turned rival in the film.
The film, that goes on floors early next year, was launched amidst much
fanfare at an award function during Diwali last year. A rough image of
Akshay Kumar's look in the film was also unveiled during the event.
However, the hunt for the other leading men and women for the film was
While there were speculations about the choice of
actress to play the role of Dawood's girl Mandakini in the film, nothing
so far had been said about the other male lead. "The role of Chhota
Rajan is as intense as the one Shahid Kapoor portrayed in Vishal
Bhardwaj's Kaminey. He is a very good actor who has portrayed a wide
range of characters till date. He is one of the top choices to play
Chhota Rajan," revealed a source.
Akshay will pick up from
where Emraan Hashmi left off in the first part. He will take his
character forward. Shahid will be the new entrant in the story. "Where
there's Dawood, there has to be his arch-rival Chhota Rajan. Shahid has
been asked to play a very long and key role in the film," added the
However, Ekta's attempt at pulling off a casting coup
for the project may face a few hitches. Kareena is said to be one of the
leading contenders for the role of Dawood's lover Mandakini, one might
wonder whether the actress or Shahid would want to work together again,
considering the two did not even want to dub for their film Milenge
Milenge together. But then again, Kareena reportedly, has no problem
working with Shahid anymore.
Our source said, "Milan had long
meetings with Shahid. He explained him the script and the character.
Akshay is currently working out to get the rugged look required for him
to play Dawood. Shahid too will require to work on his Chhota Rajan