Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is all set to start shooting 'Happy New Year' (HNY) in Dubai with Farah Khan from September.
The director has long back signed Shah Rukh as the lead along with Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani. We hear that South sensation Prithviraj has been dropped from the list of names for an important character.
While all the male actors have signed the dotted lines there is still no news about the female lead.
And Farah Khan remains tight lipped. When Emirates24|7 got in touch with the director she said, "I have no liberty to talk about the movie and cannot make any announcement about the heroine darling. You can sit there and make any speculations but I cannot tell you."
Have to admit - the shroud of secrecy surrounding the heroine of 'Happy New Year' is nothing less than a suspense drama.
According to numerous reports, which came out intermittently, Farah has approached the best of bests for the role. First Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's name surfaced then we get a whiff that SRK is vouching for Priyanka. Later Katrina Kaif and Deepipka Padukone's name emerged to play Shah Rukh's love interest.
Indian film director Farah Khan. (Twitter)
Farah Khan only finds it all too funny, she tweets, "I don't miss Ripley's"believe it or Not"...I just hav 2 read the papers every morning!"
Even names of television actresses like Ankita Lokhande, Jennifer Winget made it to the headlines.
"Lost count of the FALSE stories printd about casting of Happy New Year!includng d one 2day.flattered by the attention but angry wth d inaccuracy," [SIC] Farah continued to pass her message through Twitter.
This tweet refers to the piece of news about Katrina Kaif rejecting Farah's offer to do the movie.
Interestingly, Farah’s heroine has to be a fast-talking Marathi girl and also a fabulous dancer since it’s the role of a bar dancer.
Well, Farah can make anyone dance but if Hindi is troublesome for Katrina, Marathi can be a lot tricky.
So when Katrina's name was struck out people jumped to the conclusion that the role now falls on Deepika's lap.
But sources close to Deepika said, "No these are all speculations and we haven't heard anything from Farah Khan".
Apparently Farah, wants a fresh face opposite Shah Rukh and hence all the search and screen tests.
On August 1 Farah Khan tweeted, "N the Countdown begins! Exactly 1 mnth before shoot starts 4 HaPpy New YeAr ! The most hectic,exhilirating,stressfully happy time!" [SIC]
Last month the director came down to Dubai to scout for locations and to do some recce.
Farah informed Emirates24|7, "Right now I cannot divulge any details regarding the location or else we will be hounded there (Dubai). Maybe once we come down we can have a press conference and we will talk to the media."
Dubai Film And TV Commission (DFTC) sources told us that after Ramadan and Eid vacations things will be streamlined and all the requisite papers will be submitted as far as the location and the crew strength is concerned.
Looks like 'Happy New Year' will disclose all its well kept secrets only when they come down to the emirates.