Upala KBR (DNA; January 19, 2017)

The shooting of Apoorva Lakhia’s Haseena, starring Shraddha and her brother Siddhant Kapoor, has started in Mumbai. The actress, who roamed around Nagpada in a burqa to familiarise herself with the role of Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar and the place where she lived, also met top city cops of that time and Dawood and Haseena’s schoolteacher and tailor.

As authentic as possible
Says a source, “Apoorva and Shraddha are sparing no effort to make sure that the film looks as authentic as possible. After visiting Nagpada a few times in a burqa, to get more information about Haseena’s mannerisms, she had a big meeting with the cops of that time, at one of the police clubs in South Mumbai. She met Haseena’s and Dawood’s school teacher who taught at the same madrasa in Nagpada. She has been having personal meetings with them at Apoorva’s home and meeting Haseena’s children, family, aunts and uncles.”

Getting it right
The shooting has started at Essel Studios and the actress is very nervous. Shraddha knows she has to get her research and body language correct because if she doesn’t she will get plenty of flak so she has taken it up as challenge. She is playing a mother of four children and her age will be shown with the help of prosthetic makeup. The costume designer has used the same materials from the same shops that Haseena used to buy her materials from.”