The TV actress who made ‘hissstory’ with Ekta Kapoor’s Naagin has bagged her big Bollywood break
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 22, 2017)

After kicking off her TV career in 2007 with Ekta Kapoor’s TV soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Mouni Roy went on to become a household name as Shivanya, the protagonist of the supernatural show, Naagin. After a highly successful first season, she returned in a double role for season 2 and will be back for a third installment when the show rolls again by the year-end.

Now, Mirror has learnt that after a cameo in Anubhav Sinha’s Tum Bin 2, Mouni is making a transition to the big screen with a key role in Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s upcoming production, the Reema Kagti-directed sports-drama, Gold, top-lining Akshay Kumar. Akshay had announced the project last year on social media, revealing that the 2018 Independence Day release was set in 1948 and based on the historic event of India’s first Olympic medal as a free nation, which came at the year’s Summer Olympics in London.

“Mouni will be seen in a completely different avatar to suit the era. She will film for 20-25 days in August and is one of the few female characters in the otherwise maledominated narrative. She will be shooting extensively with Akshay,” a source close to the development informed Mirror.

Reema, who has co-written Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance and her upcoming musical-drama, the Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer Gully Boys, had last directed the thriller-drama, Talaash, in 2012, and has been working on the script of Gold for the last two years. It was her lyricist-writer friend, Ankur Tiwari, who narrated the momentous Indian hockey match from 1948 that sparked the idea for her next. “It is scripted by Rajesh Devraj and is a fictional take on the momentous game. Hockey will feature prominently in the plot but it is a strong human drama. Gold follows 12 crucial years in India’s history as well,” the source points out.

Akshay will jump into prep around the first week of July, following the release of his upcoming drama, Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, and is expected to undergo a complete transformation for his role.