Yes, you heard it right! It was not Nargis Fakhri but the 'Chak De' girl Sagarika Ghatge known for her role of the fiery Preeti Sabharwal who was the initial choice of the makers of Emraan Hashmi starrer 'Azhar'.
As per a report in Deccan Chronicle a source was quoted as saying, "The makers of Azhar got in touch with Sagarika about Sangeeta Bijlani’s role in the film. She read the part and it was all going well. In fact, everyone was convinced that she was the best person to play the role. Sangeeta and Sagarika share a certain amount of physical resemblance. Also, the makers felt that Sagarika’s royal background added to the credibility of her essaying the character of a well-heeled, classy woman like Sangeeta."
The source further adds, "After a lot of talk between Sagarika and the makers, it simply faded away. She was looking forward to the role and had already started on her basic research. But for some reason the makers decided to rope in Nargis Fakhri for the part.”
Do you think Sagarika could have done complete justice to the role? Do let us know.
Meanwhile 'Azhar' starring Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Gautam Gulati and Manjot Singh. The film is slated to hit the big screens on 13th May 2016.