The promos of ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI DOBAARA are on in full swing and one can see that (villain) Akshay Kumar, (hero) Imran Khan and (heroine) Sonakshi Sinha are all over. However the woman conspicuous by her absence is Sonali Bendre, who is said to be playing an integral part in the film.
So where exactly is she?
"Well, she is pretty much in the film and for all the good reasons. She isn't prominent in the promos so far because the scenes that she features in the film are quite key to the plot. Anything that is revealed now may be akin to giving away some highlights of the film," says our source.
On probing further, we were informed that she plays Akshay Kumar's former love interest in the film and her name is Mumtaz.
Comments an insider, "She has a brief, but very charming role in the film. Milan (Luthria) had various options available but both Balaji and Milan were keen on Sonali because she looks the part and is also stunningly young till date. Moreover, in the recent years gone by, she has gained much popularity on television judging various reality shows."
Though no one was willing to go on record around her actual part in the film, we gather that she plays a key role in shaping up Akshay's character in the film, because of which he ends up taking a path that makes him an ultimate villain. No wonder, none of that is being showcased in the promos so far, lest it lets the cat out of the bag.
We would eventually know though once the film releases all over on 15th August.