Producer Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment is fast acquiring the reputation of somebody who likes to interfere in creative, especially casting decisions. Few know that for Fanney Khan, produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and KriArj Entertainment, Mehra was keen to cast other actresses, including Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan, but it was Prernaa who swept aside all casting calls and put her foot down to cast Aishwarya Rai in the role of a glamorous singer.
Says a source from the creative team, “Before KriArj came on board, Mehra and his creative team had approached Katrina and Priyanka and were in talks with them. Mehra was also keen to approach Kareena but Prernaa was very clear that she wanted only Aishwarya and nobody but her. She got her way and made sure that the actress was roped in for the film. At casting meets, Mehra wanted to discuss approaching Kareena, Kareena and Priyanka as they equally suited the role of the beautiful diva but Prernaa, very clearly said that she would like to go with Aishwarya Rai and the creative team had to bow down to her dictates. Katrina and PeeCee had no clue what happened and why the FK team didn’t get back to them.”
The source adds that Aishwarya was Prernaa’s first and only choice for Fanney Khan. “Priyanka Chopra had said she was approached but she rejected it but fact is, she was never under consideration anyways. While Prernaa likes all the actresses and finds them talented, she chose to go ahead with Ash as she wanted to work with her. While Mehra was discussing the other actresses, the producer approached Aishwarya directly and made sure she got her. It was Prernaa who cast Ash for Fanney Khan.”
According to the source, “Prernaa has completed a little more than six films, but she is already giving a tough time on creatives to her directors, co-producers and casting team. She is very headstrong and stubborn especially when it comes to the casting of her films and doesn’t listen to anybody. People know that she is getting used to getting her own way. While on another casting decision, in Fanney Khan, she made sure that her choice Rajkummar Rao got the role as Ash’s romantic interest. Buzz is that Mehra was keen on having Madhavan do the role.”
Fanney Khan, directed by Atul Manjrekar, is the official remake of the Oscar nominated Dutch film Everybody’s Famous and besides Aishwarya and Rajkummar, stars Anil Kapoor and Divya Dutta.