Gum Commercial Lands Banita Sandhu Opposite Varun Dhawan in ‘October’, Shoojit Sircar reveals how She was chosen for October !

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Millions of girls wait for that dream opportunity to for the golden ticket to the silver screen and if they’re immensely talented, they end up with filmmakers such as Shoojit Sircar and Banita Sandhu is that lucky debutant.  While we are all gearing up for the trailer of their much-awaited film October, we wonder how was the fresh face, who will share screen space with Varun.


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There has been a lot of buzz about Banita and it is only now that her identity has been revealed. In fact, Shoojit reveals he took his own time telling Banita that she has been chosen for the project.

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Shoojit says, “Everybody loved Banita in a chewing gum commercial that I had directed. It had almost 40 million hits. While I was shooting the ad film, Juhi (Chaturvedi; writer) and I were also working on the script [for this film]. So, one day, I clicked a picture of Banita and sent it to Juhi saying, ‘She has the potential to fit into the character that we are looking at’.”

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Banita Sandhu was invariably the first that Sircar, Chaturvedi and producer Ronnie Lahiri approached once the script was locked and Dhawan signed on for the film. “We were sure that she was the girl we should approach. My casting director [Jogi Malang] also knew that she was the right person for this character. Her performance in the film is captivating. I’m sure that October will be a milestone in her career.” While the first poster was expected to release today, the trailer launch will take place next week.

October is written by Juhi Chaturvedi, who wrote Vicky Donor and Piku. Both the films were directed by Shoojit Sircar. Varun Dhawan was last seen in Judwaa 2. After October, he will be seen in YRF’s Sui Dhaaga, opposite Anushka Sharma.