Latino actress Barbara Mori opposite Hrithik
Hrithik Roshan recently received rave reviews for his portrayal as Emperor Akbar in hit film Jodha Akbar. However the actor has already moved on to his other films. Hrithik will now be working with director Anurag Basu in a triangular love story. The female cast has also been finalised and Kangana Ranaut and Hollywood Latino actress Barbara Mori will star opposite Hrithik.
Earlier on Hrithik's father, Rakesh Roshan who is producing the film was keen to cast Hollywood actress Penelope Cruz opposite Hrithik in the film. However later both Anurag and Rakesh Roshan felt that Penelope Cruz looked older than Hrithik and hence they decided against her. Now actress Kangana Ranaut and Latino actress Barbara Mori will star opposite Hrithik. Kangana was signed on for the film as they wanted someone of Indian origin but with an international look. Barbara Mori was signed on as they also wanted an international face who was well-versed in Latin American dance forms like salsa etc. The triangular love story will be made on a big budget and will be shot in various foreign locations. The film will also have dialogues in both English as well as Hindi. In the film, dance forms an important theme and Hrithik will be seen doing various different kinds of dance. Kangana recently confirmed that she would be a part of the film and said "Yes, I have signed the film opposite Hrithik." But she refused to divulge any further details.
Producer Rakesh Roshan confirmed that they had roped in an international actress but on not casting Penelope Cruz who was being considered earlier, he said, "we had three to four Hollywood actresses in mind and were in talks with their agents. However dates were a problem with most of them and we needed someone who would be able to fit into our schedule." Anurag Basu too was busy scouting for an international actress in Los Angeles for his film. He recently also met up with Kangana to discuss the film and her role in it. Brazilian model and music channel veejay Bruna Abdullah was also being considered for the role but was dropped as she did not suit the role.