Farah Khan signs Vivaan Shah for 'Happy New Year'

The casting of Happy New Year – the latest project of Farah Khan is nearly complete but she was still looking to fill the slot of an 18 year old boy. The search is now complete. According to reports, Farah has roped in Vivaan Shah – the son of Nasiruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah to play this role. The youngster is obviously excited to work with some of the leading names of Bollywood including Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan. Farah had been hunting for the correct actor for the role for almost four months. More than 100 applicants had solicited for the role. Out of them, Farah finally decided on Vivaan. According to a source, "His footage was outstanding. He has the freshness and spontaneity required for the role."

Vivaan had debuted with the film 7 khoon maaf. He played the role of the young boy whom the heroin supports. He is also the narrator who tells the story how she killed off her husbands. After that, this is the second movie of Vivaan. So, naturally the young actor is very excited. "Vivaan has landed a dream role. He will be acting with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani. And this is just his second film," said a source. No wonder, the youngster cannot stop smiling. However, the role is definitely going to be challenging one. Can a fresh newcomer get himself spotted from among the multitude of such high profile stars? After all, Vivaan is up against the legendary charisma of Shah Rukh Khan, the seductive fun of Abhishek Bachchan and the impeccable timing of Boman Irani. He will have to put in a lot of work to justify Farah’s confidence in him when she picked him from among a hundred applicants.

Happy New Year has encountered several difficulties. The latest was the shoulder injury sustained by Shah Rukh Khan while shooting for his film Chennai Express. The actor had to undergo surgery for it. This set back the shooting schedule. However, now everything has been sorted out and the shooting of Happy New Year is scheduled to start on the 1st of September. The shooting will start in the exotic location of Dubai. A lavish resort has been booked to shoot major part of the movie. "The entire team is excited to start shooting in September,” reported a source.