It is going to be quicker than one may have imagined. In a matter of few days from now (which could be inside a week), the leading lady opposite Shahrukh Khan in Happy New Year would be revealed. The announcement, which has been awaited for over 6 months now, would be an outcome of an extensive screen test exercise, both for newcomers and experienced actresses, which took place during the weeks gone by.
"Now that Farah is through with the auditions, she has left for Dubai for a tech recce. Though locations were finalized a year ago, her core technical team comprising of DOP and art director amongst others have joined her," our source confirms, "She would be back after a couple of days and then immediately meet Shahrukh on her return. By 20th of this month, they would unveil the leading lady."
We caught Farah just before she was catching flight to Dubai. While she confirmed the developments, she also added in her characteristic tone, "I hope there won't be any new names thrown in over next 10 days as my film's heroine. I have been surprised enough by those who are not even connected to the film. Let me come back and make the formal announcement. It could well be sooner than you can think."
Considering the fact that the film is all set to go on floors in September and the heroine has to go through the required preparation before she faces the camera, sooner could well be better.
We are waiting!