After Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar have been signed to play his wrestler daughters; all five prepping together.
Mirror (April 22) was the first to reveal that Mumbai girl Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, a trained ballet dancer from Delhi, have bagged the coveted roles of Aamir Khan’s wrestler daughters in Dangal after months of auditions.
Now, Mirror has learnt that two little girls, Zaira Wasim from Kashmir and Suhani Bhatnagar from Delhi have also been cast and they will play the younger Fatima and Sanya in the sports biopic.
The Nitesh Tiwari-directed film is inspired by the story of former wrestler Mahavir Singh, from Haryana’s Balali village, who coached his daughters to historic wins and Geeta Phogat was India’s first female wrestler to win gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in the 55-kg freestyle category and Her sister, Babita Kumari, bagged the silver.
All the four girls have been housed in Aamir’s former apartment in Bandra where they are living together and religiously following a strict daily regime. “After a few hours of gruelling kushti sessions, they return to the apartment where they have to take compulsory rest before sitting down to lunch,” adds the source.
All meals are prepared by a hired cook who keeps dietary specifications in mind and ensures that the food seved is nutritious. Aamir has lunch and dinner with them.
Early evenings are for Haryanvi lessons and dialect training. This is followed by strength building sessions in the gym. All through the day, Aamir Khan keeps them company as he shuttles between his home and theirs, between the rigid routine and other commitments.
“They enjoy being mentored by him,” says the source. “And Aamir who has always prepped for his films alone, whether he’s playing a collegian, an alien or a circus acrobat, likes doing it with these four young actresses this time. They will soon be his family on screen.”