Mumbai: Actress Prachi Desai, who played gangster Shoaib`s love interest Mumtaz in `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai`, was surprised to know that Sonali Bendre will reprise her role in the forthcoming sequel `Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!`.
If the reports are to be believed, the sequel depicts a time leap where Shoaib, earlier played by Emraan Hashmi, has become a don and his sweetheart Mumtaz is now a middle-aged woman. In the sequel, Akshay Kumar will reprise Shoaib`s character.
"It was a huge surprise for me when I came to know that Sonali Bendreji will reprise my role in `Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!`. I am a huge fan of hers," Prachi said here Tuesday.
"She is gorgeous. I feel there would not have been a better choice to play the part that I played in `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai`," she added.
Prachi expressed her views at an iftar party thrown by Ekta Kapoor, who is the producer of `Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!`.
Meanwhile, there were reports of a rift between Prachi and Ekta due to her ouster from the cast of `Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!`. Since then she has been keeping away from Ekta`s events.
Reacting to it, the 24-year-old said: "We (Ekta and me) have always maintained that everything is great between us. I think this is more than any big proof for everybody that I am here. I am happy to be here (at the Ekta`s iftar party)."
Prachi was launched as an actress by Ekta through her daily soap `Kasamh Se`.
`Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara` also features Sonakhi Sinha and Imran Khan and hits the screens Friday.