Esha Gupta’s sex appeal made her bag the role over Prachi Desai and Paoli Dam, who were also being considered for the role.
Former Miss India International title winner Esha Gupta has bagged herself a role in Mahesh Bhatt’s “Jannat 2”. It was her sensual appeal that won her the lead role and that too over Prachi Desai and Paoli Dam who were already being considered for the film.
According to a source Prachi Desai had already been selected for the role when the film was announced by the producers, Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films. However, they reconsidered the decision as they felt that Prachi did not completely fit the glamorous look that the role in the film demanded.
Clarified the source, “Prachi was not very comfortable with the demands of the role so she spoke to the Bhatts and they mutually agreed to call it off. It was then that Mahesh Bhatt suggested the Bengali actress Paoli Dam for the role.”
However director Kunal Deshmukh was not happy with either of the two actresses and believed that it was Esha Gupta who had the sensual appeal required for the role. He was determined to have her do the role despite the fact that Mahesh Bhatt was interested in casting Paoli Dam in Jannat 2. “Kunal was positive that Esha fit the bill perfectly ever since he saw her, but it was tough trying to persuade Mahesh Bhatt and Fox Star about it,” said the source.
On being queried about it, Deshmukh answered, “I was certainly convinced that Esha Gupta was perfect for the role but it took a lot of convincing to get Bhattsaab and Fox Studios to agree to it, but I am thankful to them to acceding to my request.”
Mahesh Bhatt’s stand on this was that, “I was keen to have Paoli Dam do the role as she had the sexual appeal and the enthusiasm to do what was required of her in the film. She was ready to go all out for it, but Kunal stepped in and explained his viewpoint on the issue. He vindicated that Jannat 2 was not Murder 2. The latter was based more on eroticism and seduction while Jannat 2 is a romance. He reiterated that having Paoli do the role would only send a wrong image to the audience. Since he is the director and we back the director’s vision, I thought it appropriate to gracefully agree to his decision.”
With everything fallen into place and the decision resting in favour of Esha Gupta, the model turned actress has started shooting for Jannat 2 in Delhi this October.Esha Gupta Signed Up For Jannat 2,