Milan Luthria denies approaching Kangna Ranaut for ‘Once Upon…’ sequel

The Dirty Picture director laughs at the never-ending speculations over the cast of his ambitious sequel under the banner of Balaji Films

Ever since one heard that gorgeous babe Kareena Kapoor had opted out of Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai 2 (‘coz of the endless work on the script and ambiguity over the film’s shoot), several stories surrounding the casting of the leading lady are emerging out of nowhere. The latest is that the tough taskmaster at Balaji Motion Pictures, Ekta is fed up of finding a female lead and is contemplating roping in one of her fave actors Kangna Ranaut for the sequel.

Logically and creatively we wondered if it would make sense the curly haired actor played the love of a gangster’s life again – she had played Haji Mastan’s wife in the first part. But a news report claimed it didn’t matter that Kangy was part of the original. So we asked the captain of the ambitious sequel, Milan to separate the chaff from the wheat. This is what he had to say: “No (the story is not true), it’s just media speculation! But I am happy the film is obviously interesting and big enough for the public and media to have so much fun guessing the star cast.” This means that all those creative minds with a volatile imagination, please put on your thinking cap ‘coz this time there’s smoke without any fire!