Sonakshi Sinha, who was supposed to play the role of Sarabjit Singh’s sister in the upcoming film directed by Subhash Ghai, suddenly walked out of the film. The film is based on the life of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner in Pakistan; accused of espionage. It came as a shock to the veteran film-maker Ghai as she walked out unceremoniously; the reason being the age of the character she was playing. Sonakshi reportedly said she is too young to play that role.
A prominent director however, says on the contrast “It’s surprising because not only Sonakshi but the entire family was very excited about Sonakshi’s role as Sarabjit Singh’s sister. They said Sonakshi wept when she heard the script. The entire story of Sarabjit’s predicament unfolds through the sister’s character.”
Subhash Ghai, when contacted, said “Sonakshi sent us a message that it was too early in her career for her to play the elderly part of Sarabjit’s sister. She is right. It is a part of a mature woman and my director Ishwar Singh Muchchal is very particular about the correct actors and casting.”
On being asked whether this would affect his friendship with the Sinha family, he said “Shatru is my close family friend for 35 years. Sonakshi is like my daughter. She is a good actor and a nice girl. She has every right to give a second thought to a project to safeguard her career interests. I wish all the best.”
“Sonakshi heard the script and loved it. She only gave her vocal consent and did not sign the contract. We wanted to sign her only after Amitji agreed to play the role of a lawyer. This did not happen because Amitji is doing a lawyer’s role in another film,” added Ghai.