Here’s why Shefali Shah was apprehensive about doing Dil Dhadakne Do

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Shefali Shah had once opened up about her apprehensions about signing Dil Dhadakne Do. Dil Dhadakne Do was an instant hit when it was first released. The Zoya Akhtar directorial starred Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor and Anushka Sharma besides Shefali Shah. Shefali portrayed the role of Neelam Mehra in the movie. Neelam is the wife of Anil Kapoor’s Kamal Mehra and the mother of Priyanka Chopra’s Ayesha and Ranveer Singh’s Kabir.

Shefali Shah

Shefali Shah had said that she wasn’t sure about signing the film as she had to play the role of a mother to Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh – both of whom were actually closer to her age in real life. “When Zoya offered me the film she said ‘I want you but it is a mother’s role’. I read the script and told my husband that it is one of the best scripts I have read and the role is fantastic. He asked me what the problem was and when I told him he advised me to take it up. There were apprehensions as Priyanka and Ranveer are closer to my age. But as my character was well-written, I couldn’t say no,” Shefali Shah had told PTI.

Shefali Shah

Earlier on, the actress had played the role of Priyanka Chopra’s mother-in-law in Waqt. Shefali was barely 30 years old at the time but it led to her being typecast. “I was typecast in a mother’s role very early in life. I didn’t even reach a certain age. I was 20. I did a show where I played the mother of a 15-year-old, I was 20 years old when I played a mom of 45. And then, when I was around 28-30, I played mother to Akshay Kumar. So I got typecast very early, if I didn’t even have to reach a certain age point,” she had told a leading daily.

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