Balaji Motion Pictures have zeroed down on Ileana the 23-year-old actress to play the role of Mandakini, who was allegedly involved with Dawood, for their film Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2, which is based on the life of the dreaded gangster.
Balaji, it seems, has taken note of her svelte figure which would obviously be a criteria while selecting someone to play Mandakini, the role which had two more contenders, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, who are certainly bigger actresses than Ileana.
While Kareena Kapoor and Katrina the two original choices for the controversial portrayal are still somewhat in the running, our source said, “The modalities are fast being worked out with Ileana.
The people who matter in this project will not talk about it now, but an official announcement in this regard will come shortly.”
While Balaji officials chose to put it diplomatically, saying, “She is one of the contenders for Mandakini’s part”, a source very close to the film confirmed, “Ileana will star opposite Akshay in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2. Final ho gaya hai.” She created quite a stir by exposing her assets in Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga But soon, her career nosedived. She quit films after the forgettable Zordaar.
Later, it was alleged that she had even moved to Dubai to be with Dawood. Mandakini had vehemently denied all this. Agencies