For Anil Kapoor, it was time to get nostalgic when he was casting for the role of the leading lady in his upcoming release Short Kut – The Con Is On. For his own production, he wanted casting to be just perfect and he believes that he got it just right the moment he saw Amrita Rao.
“I saw Madhuri (Dixit) in Amrita (Rao). Not just does she have a little resemblance to her, she also bears innocence similar to her as well”, says Anil Kapoor who has worked in a dozen odd films with Madhuri Dixit in last couple of decades, “Amrita bears the kind of vulnerability that just goes well with the character of Mansi that she plays in the film.”
Talking more about what impressed him most about Amrita, Anil Kapoor says, “I had seen her in some portions of Vivah and was very impressed. I knew then and there that this was it. For someone who looked very Indian, very conservative, and came with the kind of family look that was required for the role, Amrita was an apt choice.”
The actor/producer is especially happy about the fact that when it comes to Short Kut – The Con Is On, the casting has gone especially right. “The best thing about my production is its casting. It has gone really well and I am very proud of bringing together Akshaye Khanna, Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao. The fit into the character just bang on; all of them are so correct for their respective role and I can’t even imagine anyone else in their place”, continues Anil Kapoor.
Elaborating a little more on Amrita and the character of Mansi that she enacts, Anil Kapoor says, “Mansi is someone who is becoming a big star. In this regard, Amrita just has the kind of looks and personality of someone who could play the role of an upcoming actress on the verge of being a big star.”
Meanwhile he is happy with the response to the film’s music which has just landed on the stands. “We started off with ‘Patli Gali (Shortkut) ‘ which has done well as a promotional track. ‘Kyun Hota Hai Dil Deewana‘ too has just come on air with Amrita’s new look being out. Didn’t you have fun watching Arshad trying so hard to dance? The number will surely bring the house down because it does so very well for the film’s situation”, he says.
However, the songs that he is most excited about are the romantic track ‘Kal Nau Naje‘ and his item number with Sanjay Dutt – ‘Mareez-E-Mohabbat‘. “Watch out for them; they are the highlights of the film”, is all he is willing to say before signing off!