Director Apoorva Lakhia praised Shraddha Kapoor, the lead actor of his new film Haseena Parkar
, saying the biopic is a bigger risk for Shraddha than him, reports news agency PTI. "She plays these chocolaty lovable heroines, where she sings songs. In real life too she is a chirpy person. But Haseena (Haseena Parkar, sister of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim) doesn't have any of these things. Also, everyone was surprised when I approached her," Apoorva Lakhia told PTI. Shraddha plays the role of dreaded 'aapa' (as Haseena Parkar was called), who became a underworld mafia queen after she was unjustly tried and persecuted because she was Dawood Ibrahim's sister. "I could only give her a basic idea of what I wanted
and I think she had done a great job. It (the film) is a bigger risk for her than it's for me," Apoorva Lakhia told PTI.
"As an actor, she never questioned, 'Oh why am I playing a mother of four?' That shows how confident she is of her talent. For a woman who is 30 to play a 50-year-old, where there is no song and dance what she is known for, is fantastic," he added. Haseena Parkar
is Apoorva Lakhia's fourth crime thriller after Shootout at Lokhandwala
, Mission Istanbul
. Of his choice of genre, Apoorva Lakhia said: "All of us have a dark side. Why did Dawood Ibrahim do the things he did to become what he is and why didn't you do it? That's interesting to me. What makes a guy break the law and at the same time be religious and family-oriented is what fascinates me. The only thing is, they decide to take a shorter route in life."Haseena Parkar
is releasing on September 22 along with Sanjay Dutt's Bhoomi
. "We are releasing on the same day. We had a chat and are cool about it. I really hope his film does phenomenally well because I love him. He deserves to come back," Apoorva Lakhia told PTI.
(With inputs from PTI)