race 2 casting

1 Jan

After the success of Race (2008), Ramesh Taurani registered Race 2 as a title and Abbas-Mustan said that they would go ahead with a sequel “if we get a script in place which is even better than the original.”[2] The screenplay was written by Shiraz Ahmed who also wrote RaceSaif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor were the first to sign on to the film in November 2009 and were reported to be the only returning cast members from the first film.[3] In June 2010, John Abraham was signed on to play the antagonist and Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Choprawere approached to co-star opposite Khan and Abraham respectively.[4][5] However, Kapoor turned down the role as she didn’t want her pairing with Khan to get repetitive and Chopra opted out due to scheduling conflicts and was subsequently replaced by Padukone.[6] In December 2010, Sonakshi Sinha was cast as a replacement for Kapoor.[7] Chitrangda Singh was approached for a role opposite Anil Kapoor in May 2011 but eventually dropped out for unspecified reasons.[8] Ameesha Patel and Mallika Sherawat were considered for that same role but it ultimately went to Patel.[9][10]

“The expectations from Race 2 are humongous and we plan to make it bigger and better than the first part.”

—Taurani on Race 2[11]

The film’s shooting was set to begin on 5 October 2011 but was postponed to accommodate Deepika Padukone’s dates causing scheduling conflicts with Sonakshi Sinha.[12] Sinha’s dates conflicted with her filming schedule for Dabangg 2 (2012), forcing her to drop out. In October 2011, Jacqueline Fernandez who had opted out Krrish 3 & Raaz 3 was cast as a replacement for Sinha.[13] Shortly afterwards, it was announced that Bipasha Basu would be reprising her role as Sonia in a cameo appearance, and continuing to be Khan’s girlfriend. Despite rumours suggesting that Basu will be sharing screen space with ex-boyfriend John Abraham for the first time after their breakup, Abraham denied this.Image

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