Gangs Of Wasseypur actress RichaÂ ChadhaÂ has been selected to play the title role in Pooja Bhatt’s new filmCabaret.
Bhatt has been searching for a strong, sexy actress for the past two years, and nearly zeroed in on a newcomer. But no, she has opted forÂ Richa.
“It was a close call,” Pooja says. “I was contemplating a newcomer for the part, and nearly went for it. But then I realised it was too much to expect a newcomer to deliver what the character required.â€
Not only is the girl in the title role required to perform the traditional cabaret, she must also be a topnotch dramatic actress.
“It’s a very difficult role,” Pooja says. “Richa’s face kept returning to my mind. When I mentioned her for the role, some people told me she was tooÂ desi, to much of a Delhi girl. But I feel the sensuous side ofÂ RichaÂ is ready to be tapped. So I asked her to meet me.â€
RichaÂ drove down from the airport to Pooja’s residence at midnight on Tuesday, straight from the LosÂ CabosÂ Film Festival in Mexico.
“I told her I want her to doÂ Cabaret. RichaÂ knows she will have to work very hard to get a cabaret dancer’s body-language right,” Pooja says.
PoojaÂ has asked her brotherÂ RahulÂ BhattÂ to trainÂ Richa. “Rahul is a fitness trainer. He will putÂ RichaÂ under a strict regime and make her slog to look the part.”
GulshanÂ DevaiahÂ will co-star in the film, and it will be directed by veteran ad-makerÂ KaustavÂ NarayanÂ Niyogi.
“I’ve been askingÂ KaustavÂ to direct a film for years. He’s finally doing it. I can see the crackling chemistry betweenÂ RichaÂ andÂ Gulshan,” Pooja gushes.
GulshanÂ andÂ Richa starred in SanjayÂ Leela Bhansali’sÂ GoliyonÂ KiÂ RaasÂ Leela Ram LeelaÂ though they did not have many scenes together.
PoojaÂ has also cast old friendsÂ DeepakÂ TijoriÂ andÂ MukulÂ Dev.