Randeep Hooda Opted Out from Pooja Bhatt's Cabaret
Jism 2 got lot of space in rumor gallery for its casting, which Randeep Hooda also a part of. After this film, Randeep headed high and got many big films in his kitty including Murder 3, Bombay Talkies and Highway. Highway proved to be big success not only for Alia, but for Randeep as well. The hero chose to get out of the film Cabaret due to his busy schedule and left the project to go in someone else's hands. Guess who replaced him?! Cabaret may be his debut film in Bollywood, but he is not an unknown face. The guy is none other than former Indian cricketer Sreesanth who is known as fast Indian bowler.
If you are also one of those Sreesanth's fans who are excited to see him on big screen, then your wait is over. The former controversial fast bowler of Indian Cricket Team, S. Sreesanth is replacing Randeep as lead actor with Cabaret and will be seen mentoring the character of Richa Chadda, which is a dancer.
Pooja Bhatt's Run for Casting
Pooja Bhatt has his hero finalized in 2012 when Cabaret had just came into rumors. Randeep Hooda was there as the hero but in finding the heroine, she had zero in her hand. Later the hero Randeep also opted out. However she found the perfect match for her movie in Richa Chadda, but who made her get more than perfect hero for Cabret, read below this casting!
Cricketer S. Sreesanth Debuting in Bollywood Movies with Cabaret
The Executive Producer Sonu Lakhwani had shared one of his wedding photos with Pooja Bhatt and suggested that he can fit to the needs of the character. Earlier an older person was thought to play this role, but Pooja agreed to his point after meeting Sreesanth and noticing his accent. His heavy voice with base made Pooja fixing him with 5 lacks of signing amount for the role of Richa's character's Maliyali Mentor.
According to Pooja Bhatt, Sreesanth's Malayam accent while speaking Hindi makes him perfect for his mentor's character in the film. Second, the actor had to be a skilled dancer too as he had to be a mentor of a dancer. The heavy South Indian vocal with broken Hindi made him the perfect match, and his stage-firing performances at Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and grand finale of Khatron Ke Khiladi added to it.
Even for Sreesanth, it can prove to be a biggie as he has an opportunity to explore his danceing skills along with learning some chapters of acting being a newcomer to the Indian Film Industry.
Well, I guess not only his fans, but others will also see him as an attraction to watch being a cricketer-turned-actor. Also after watching Sreesanth in a dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the expectations has increased and so the charm to watch him in his role of mentoring the dancer.
Good luck Sree! Your fans are waiting to see your graph roaring high speedily on the filmometer, just like your speedy balls used to on the stadium.