It’s Hashmi all the way for Vishal Bhardwaj

Mumbai, July 14: It seems it’s Emraan Hashmi or nothing for Vishal Bhardwaj’s film ‘Daayan’! After some actresses said no to working with the actor in the supernatural thriller, the filmmaker made it very clear that Emraan was his top priority.

Said a source: ‘Both Vishal and (producer) Ekta Kapoor believe Emraan is the fulcrum of the script and the only non-negotiable member of the cast.’

‘Vishal thinks Emraan has huge potential. He wanted to cast Emraan in ’7 Khoon Maaf’ in the role that Irrfan Khan eventually did but it didn’t work out.

‘Emraan is in demand with several topnotch filmmakers. Rohan Sippy who wanted to cast him in ‘Dum Maro Dum’ is casting the actor in his next. Dibakar Banerjee chose Emraan at the cost of losing Katrina Kaif in his new film ‘Shanghai’,’ the source added.

Vishal will shoot ‘Daayan’ in the next couple of months.

The hunt for the three leading ladies is almost over.

Said a source close to the project: ‘The minute it was made known that all the three leading ladies’ parts were equally important, a queue of girls showed up at Vishal’s doorstep.’

The last we heard, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chitrangda Singh and Mahie Gill had been shortlisted for the three parts.

IANS