After making her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Dhadak, Janhvi Kapoor has now signed her 3rd film, this one's with Dinesh Vijan. The actress, who will next be seen in Gunjan Saxena biopic, which is titled as Kargil Girl, will reportedly play a double role in this horror-comedy flick, co-starring Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma. The double roles are quite similar to what her late mother Sridevi played in Chalbaaz- Anju and Manju- two sisters with contrasting personalities.
Talking about the casting of the film, let us tell you that interestingly, Janhvi had a small crush on Rajkummar. You may recall, in 2018, during a Vogue interview, Janhvi had told Karan Johar that she constantly 'Liked' Rajkummar's pictures on Instagram, so that he notices her. The actress was eager to get his attention. “I’m not sure if I should say this, but after watching Bareilly Ki Barfi, I really wanted Rajkummar Rao to notice me, so I commented on all his photos. He’s the only person I’ve asked for a photo with." Janhvi had told the filmmaker.
Meanwhile, on casting Jahnvi for the roles, Dinesh told IANS, “For 'Rooh-Afza', we needed actors who could jump into their roles with unabashed conviction. Rajkummar and Varun are phenomenal actors, comedy is a space they excel in and own. For the female lead, we needed someone who could portray two contrasting personalities with ease, and Janhvi stood out. She really connected with the script. Her talent is still raw, but she is excited about being moulded. The script is young, refreshing and totally crazy, and she is exactly that,"
While writer and producer Mrighdeep Singh Lamba said, “We took some time to finalise the female lead. Besides being pretty, she needed to oscillate between two characters which are poles apart. You will fall in love with her in one scene and won't believe she is the same girl in the next one. It's not an easy switch for an actor. It's the perfect casting."
Taking to social media, Rajkummar Rao also welcomed Janhvi Kapoor’s on-board Rooh-Afza. He captioned his post as, “All set to bring to you this perfect mixture of horror and comedy, #RoohAfza! #JanhviKapoor @VarunSharma90 #DineshVijan #HardikMehta @mriglamba #GautamMehra @MaddockFilms @JIOCinema”
All set to bring to you this perfect mixture of horror and comedy, #RoohAfza! 👻— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 29, 2019
#JanhviKapoor @VarunSharma90 #DineshVijan #HardikMehta @mriglamba #GautamMehra @MaddockFilms @JIOCinema pic.twitter.com/KUHqFT6KvJ
The shooting of the film will start in Uttar Pradesh this June and it is slated to release on March 20, 2020. Rooh-Afza is a Maddock films production and a Jio Studios and Dinesh Vijan presentation.
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