It`s Hashmi all the way for Vishal Bhardwaj

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2011, 14:19 PM IST

Mumbai: It seems it`s Emraan Hashmi or nothing for Vishal Bhardwaj`s film ‘Daayan’! After some actresses said no to working with the actor in the supernatural thriller, the filmmaker made it very clear that Emraan was his top priority.

Said a source: "Both Vishal and (producer) Ekta Kapoor believe Emraan is the fulcrum of the script and the only non-negotiable member of the cast."

"Vishal thinks Emraan has huge potential. He wanted to cast Emraan in `7 Khoon Maaf` in the role that Irrfan Khan eventually did but it didn`t work out.

"Emraan is in demand with several topnotch filmmakers. Rohan Sippy who wanted to cast him in `Dum Maro Dum` is casting the actor in his next. Dibakar Banerjee chose Emraan at the cost of losing Katrina Kaif in his new film `Shanghai`," the source added.

Vishal will shoot "Daayan" in the next couple of months.

The hunt for the three leading ladies is almost over.

Said a source close to the project: "The minute it was made known that all the three leading ladies` parts were equally important, a queue of girls showed up at Vishal`s doorstep."

The last we heard, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chitrangda Singh and Mahie Gill had been shortlisted for the three parts.

IANS