Delhi girl Anya Singh has been signed on as the female lead of director Habib Faisal’s next project.
According to Shanoo Sharma, casting director of YRF films Anya is a surprise find to pair opposite Ranbir Kapoor’s cousin, Aadar Jain (son of Raj Kapoor’s daughter Rima Jain), to fill Danyal Zafar (Ali Zafar’s younger brother) shoes after the Pakistani actor was dropped following the MNS controversy.
Sharma says, “Adi [Aditya Chopra, producer] always pushes me to go out and find new talent. When casting for this film, we were trying to get girls from Delhi, Chandigarh and other cities. Anya was the result of the hunt to find the next Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. We wanted someone to come out of nowhere, lead regular lives and conquer the industry. Anya filled that spot for me. She came out of nowhere and landed a three-film deal with YRF.”
Shanoo had first met Anya at a restaurant about two years ago. “A year later, I was sitting at a coffee shop and she walked in after workout to grab a cuppa. We discussed everything she had been up to in the past year. That very day, I sent her to audition for the part and two rounds later, she was selected. She is the kind of girl I would chat with at a pub, if I bumped into her.”
Shanoo adds Habib had interviewed hundreds of aspirants before Anya.
“She gave a cracking audition. Habib sir said, ‘I like her, show me more.’ She is a bit of a child, but that’s what will work in favour of the film’s story’.
We will hear a lot about this young girl in the near future! – CINEWS