Actress Mallika Sherawat says she had auditioned for Dangal but did not get the role as Aamir Khan did not think the Haryanvi diva looked old enough to play mother of four teenaged girls.
“I had auditioned for the role of Aamir’s wife in ‘Dangal‘. Aamir Khan and the film unit loved my auditions. But as my role would be a mother of 4 grown up girls, Aamir felt that regardless of whatever could be done; I might not look old enough to play a mother to four teenage daughters. That is the only reason why I did not get cast in the film,” said Mallika, who was spotted performing Ganesh aarti at Ranjit studios here.
The role later went to Sakshi Tanwar, who shot to fame with Balaji soap Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki.
Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is a biographical sports drama, starring Aamir in the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat along with Sakshi, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Rajkummar Rao. The music is by Pritam while lyrics are by Amitabh Bhattacharya. It is scheduled to release on December 23, 2016.
Known for her films like Khwahish and Murder, Mallika also acted in romantic comedy “Pyaar Ke Side Effects” (2006), opposite Rahul Bose which won her much critical acclaim. She also received a nomination for Best Actress at the Zee Cine Awards for her bold performance in “Murder“, which went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year.