News|June 22, 2012 12:43 pm

South actress Tamannaah signed for Himmatwala remake

Ajay Devgan’s business associate and good friend Kumar Mangat gave out some interesting news, Tamannaah Bhatia is casted as the leading lady opposite Ajay Devgan in Sajid Khan’s next “Himmatwala”.

Ajay Devgan and Tamannaah would be filling Jeetender and Sridevi’s place in the remake of 1983’s hit Himmatwala.

Says Kumar Mangat,

“Yes, it’s Tamannaah opposite Ajay in Himmatwala. The shooting starts in August. Ajay has Bol Bachchan on release and Son Of Sardar is almost complete. Himmatwala is the only other project he will start this year.”

Big names like Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were also considered for the part but,

“Katrina and Anushka turned down the role. It was then that Ajay felt a Southern actress would fit the bill. He recalled to his director Sajid Khan and producer Vashu Bhagnani how Sridevi too had emerged from Tamil-Telugu cinema for Himmatwala. Besides, Ajay has lately delivered a big hit with another Tamil-Telugu actress Kajal Aggarwal in Singham

, a source said.

“Sridevi in tight-fitting trousers and leather jacket with a whip in hand wouldn’t work now. This firebrand opposite Ajay would wield a gun. ‘Nainon Mein Sapna‘ from the original would be there. But it would be shot completely differently on Ajay and Tamannah”

source added.

Sridevi and Tamannaah have many similarities; both are Tamil-Telugu actresses trying their luck in Bollywood. Sridevi made a failed attempt in Solva Sawan before hitting big-time with Himmatwala. Tamannaah too has a flop Hindi film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra under her name.

“Tamannaah has already started working on her body language for Himmatwala. Unlike Sri who couldn’t speak Hindi when she did Himmatwala and had her voice dubbed, Tamannah speaks fluent Hindi. She’s a Sindhi gone south.”