MUMBAI: Tara Sutaria has been signed on to play the lead opposite Shahid Kapoor in the Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. Arjun Reddy, the super hit Telegu film is being remade in Hindi. Shahid Kapoor will be seen essaying the role played by Vijay Deverakonda in the original while Tara Sutaria will be seen stepping into Shalini Pandey’s shoes.
This will be the second film bagged by Tara after Karan Johar’s Student of the Year 2, which is in the making presently. It is slated to release on November 23. The 22-year-old singer and actress will play Shahid’s love interest in the yet-untitled Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy. While director, Sandeep Vanga who directed the Telegu version will be directing the Hindi version as well, Ashwin Varde and Murad Khetani will be producing the film.
According to a source quoted by a daily, the remake will be tailored for a more North Indian audience. The leading lady is an innocent and vulnerable character so the makers were keen to have a relatively new face. The casting has been underway since the last six months. Sara Ali Khan and Janhvi Kapoor were also considered, but the team zeroed in on Tara in March. The recce is nearing completion and the film is expected to roll in August, shared the source.
Arjun Reddy is an unconventional love story. Arjun is seen as an alcoholic surgeon, who hits the self-destruct button after his college sweetheart, Preethi, marries someone else. The film is also being remade in Tamil as Varma by Bala and actor Vikram’s son Dhruv making his debut.