As choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan begins work on her dream project Happy New Year she specifies that the leading lady has to be a good actress
and an exceptional dancer.
Farah's re-union with Shah Rukh Khan has put the long impending project back on track and the director is leaving no stone unturned to get the star cast right.
Happy New Year revolves around a bunch of male friends and how situation forces these friends to participate in a dance competition, but the only problem is that none of them are good dancers.
The female lead will play the role of a bar dancer, who will help these friends to win the world dance championship.
"There is a special requirement for the role of a bar dancer and for that I need a very good actress who can who can dance very well and look hot at the same time," Farah told PTI in an interview.
Rumour mills say that Sonakshi Sinha and Parineeti Chopra are the two names that have popped up for the role but Farah denies it.
"I don't understand how come so many names of the actress are floating around for this film. Even I get shocked sometime that what is happening. But we have approached no body," she said.
However, the 47-year-old filmmaker has clarified that she will not go for a newcomer as the heroine.
"I don't think a newcomer will suit this role. Like for Om Shanti Om I was very sure I wanted a newcomer but not in this case. I don't think a newcomer can do it unless it is a Madhuri Dixit type... like how she was in Tezaab someone has to be of that level... which I don't think is going to happen," she said.
Well, as far as the male star cast of the film goes, Shah Rukh will team up with Jackie Shroff after Devdas, besides Boman Irani.
"Jackie is not the hero... he is playing the villain. Then we have SRK, Boman. We need three more guys," Farah said.
When asked if Abhishek Bachchan has been finalised Farah says, "I am not at the liberty to speak about the star cast. We will announce the star cast as soon as we get everyone together. We need to find a younger boy."
Farah had planned Happy New Year even before her directorial debut 'Main Hoon Naa' and was preparing to film it immediately after 'Om Shanti Om'. The filmmaker is ecstatic about working with Shah Rukh again.
"No I don't feel the pressure at all of the film. We are just making a film, we are not at war. I am very happy about the script and confident about it and so is Shah Rukh. We compliment each other... If we are uneasy about anything we will stop it and make it right," Farah said.
"We both are happy with the script. It will be a multi starrer. The idea of the film is very interesting which I can't share about it right now," she said.
The shooting for Happy New Year will begin from next year.