Saif Ali Khan to pair with Chitrangda Singh in Baazaar

After a guest appearance in an Akshay Kumar film in 2015, the actress returns to the spotlight with Nikkhil Advani’s next

While Saif Ali Khan kicked off shooting for his next, Nikkhil Advani’s Baazaar, last week at a mall in Mumbai, Chitrangda Singh has now been brought on-board by the makers to play his wife, Mandira. The actress, who was last seen in a special appearance for the song “Aao Raja” in the Akshay Kumar, Shruti Haasanstarrer Gabbar is Back in 2015, has reportedly replaced Prachi Desai in Nikkhil’s film. However, the filmmaker insists that Chitrangda was always the first choice for the part.

“I’m happy that the cast is looking so exciting. We have Saif, Chitrangda, Radhika Apte and Rohan Mehra (making his acting debut). The shoot has just begun and will be wrapped up by mid-August while the film is slated for a December release. Prachi has expressed interest in working with my production house but that is for another project. As far as the role of Mandira in Baazaar is concerned, Gauravv K Chawla, my director, came up with the idea of casting Chitrangda,” Nikkhil says, adding that script was going through revisions before the team started shooting and Gauravv wanted to ensure he had the script locked before he approached an actress for the role.

Even though Chitrangda will be seen on screen after two years, Nikkhil insists it isn’t a comeback. “I won’t call it a comeback but just the fact that she hasn’t done anything for quite some time was instrumental in us considering her because it’s a powerful character that’s silent and simmering, like a volcano about to erupt. Casting her opposite Saif makes the film about strong actors and characters,” Nikkhil adds.

Baazaar features Saif in the role of a businessman while Radhika plays his secretary. The poster of the film, that released earlier this month, saw Saif in character with salt and pepper hair.

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