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Not Sonam Kapoor, but this actress was the first choice for ‘Neerja’

New Delhi: Actress Sonam Kapoor’s last movie ‘Neerja’ turned out to be a game changer in her career. The stylish diva who was known only for her glamorous looks until now, shut her critics with

India TV Entertainment Desk [ Updated: March 17, 2016 22:20 IST ]
Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

New Delhi: Actress Sonam Kapoor’s last movie ‘Neerja’ turned out to be a game changer in her career. The stylish diva who was known only for her glamorous looks until now, shut her critics with her amazing acting in the biopic of brave heart flight attendant Neerja Bhanot.

But do you know that Sonam was not the first choice for his critically acclaimed movie? Filmmakers wished to rope in Alia Bhatt for the titular role. Sadly for the actress, her height became her drawback.

India Tv - Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt

According to a leading entertainment portal, Alia lost out to Sonam because she was short- heighted. Sonam is five inches taller to Alia which added points to the former being finalised.

A spokesperson of the production house said,

“There was a lot of to and fro before we decided and approached Sonam. But once we had settled on her there was no turning back, she was totally suited for it. The thing about Alia is that she is the first person who comes to your mind when you say a young pretty actress, but we had a lot of other things to consider.”

Given, Alia’s last release ‘Shaandaar’ was a dud at the box office, being a part of Neerja would have made her happy.

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However, statements of producer Atul Kasbekar beg to differ from this news. He had told a leading daily,

“Sonam was always the first choice. We ran the 7-page rough script through Sonam and told her that we are planning to make this movie, we (Bling) are thinking of turning producers with this film and she said ‘You are mad.’ We still told her to read the script and she read it and told that it is great. We told her that we wanted her to act in it and that’s when she said, ‘You are completely mad!”

Well, seeing Sonam act in Neerja, we don’t think any actress would have pulled that role as brilliantly as her. As far as Alia is concerned, maybe she will get to do a golden project soon. Anyways her latest movie ‘Kapoor and Sons’ is going to hit the theatres on March 18, Friday.

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