She was not director Ashutosh Gowariker’s choice. It was his wife Sunita (who is co-producer of the film), who saw Pooja in a car commercial and instinctivley decided she would be the ideal actress for the role. The commercial featured Pooja with Ranbir Kapoor and Pooja had a mesmerizing screen presence.
Ashutosh told media: “During scripting, I had envisioned a new face for the character of Chaani because I wanted someone without an image or perception attached to her. It had to be someone who depicted grace, dignity and strength, but yet had a girl-like naive innocence.”
And when Sunita mentioned Pooja, Ashutosh immediately contacted her for an audition. “She was extremely quick on the uptake, took direction very well and was completely aligned with the character that I had in my mind,” he added.
Mohenjo Daro’, the epic adventure-romance film produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Sunita Gowariker, is set to release on August 12. – CINEWS