Mumbai:`F.A.L.T.U.` and `Go Goa Gone` actress Puja Gupta has been locked to play the female lead in Abhay Deol-starrer `SNAFU`. Director Sethu Sriram says he decided upon her after a lot of deliberation but she fit the role perfectly.
In the film she will be seen as Aaniya, an ambitious corporate high flyer who hails from a small town and moved to the city of dreams to pursue her career.
The director is relieved that his hunt for the film`s actress got over at Puja.
"This role is very critical to the storyline and the girl had to be much more than singing, dancing and looking good. After a lot of deliberation we decided upon Puja," Sriram said in a statement.
"Aaniya is an ambitious small town girl so we needed the vulnerability of a small towner along with high glamour quotient and who would be a head turner. I auditioned a lot of promising fresh faces and a few upcoming names, some of them were brilliant but Puja fits the bill naturally," he added.
He also thanked Abhay "who helped me in streamlining the process".
If a source is to be believed, over 50 fresh faces were auditioned over 20 days, pushing the shoot by a month.
The film is now on the floors.