Haseena was Dawood’s younger sister and aide, herself prominent enough to warrant a biopic. And Apoorva Lakhia is making just that. Rani Mukherjee, who, after “Mardaani,” only chooses tough and challenging scripts, has been offered the lead reole in the movie. The film is titled “Haseena” for now; shooting is expected to start by November.
Hassena became well known after her husband Ismail Parkar was gunned down by members of the Arun Gawli gang in 1991. Dawood avenged his brother-in-law’s murder by gunning down the murderers in the infamous J J Hospital shoot-out.
Later, Haseena moved into an apartment in Nagpada and soon became the “godmother” of the area. On July 4, she passed away at Dongri hospital following a massive heart attack. About the movie, a source close to the filmmaker said, “Till late last year, Apoorva was in touch with Haseena and her family. He wants to ensure that every detail is right. He himself spent a lot of time with Haseena to understand the complexities of her life.”
Explaining the director’s choice of Rani, the source added, “Apoorva believes that Rani will do complete justice to the role. She can pull off the part with confidence and aplomb, which is why he zeroed down on her.”
For the role, Rani Mukherjee had to gain some weight and the lead stars need to attend a workshop to understand the mannerism and culture of the powerful yet dangerous lady.