Mumbai: Bollywood star Shraddha Kapoor is set to essay the role of a shapeshift ‘naagin’ for the first time for a trilogy titled ‘Nagin’ to be helmed by Vishal Furia.
Film critic and movie trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the same on Twitter on Wednesday.
“IT’S OFFICIAL… #ShraddhaKapoor to portray ichhadhaari nagin… The film – titled #Nagin – is designed as a trilogy, 3-film series… Directed by Vishal Furia… Produced by Nikhil Dwivedi. In the past, #ReenaRoy, #Rekha, #Sridevi had portrayed ichhadhaari nagin on big screen,” he tweeted.
The ‘Street Dancer 3D’ star expressed her excitement to essay the role of a shape-shifting serpent immortalised by many veteran actors, most memorably by late Sridevi.
“It’s an absolute delight for me to play a naagin on screen. I have grown up watching, admiring and idolising Sridevi ma’am’s Nagina and Nigahen and always wanted to play a similar role rooted in Indian traditional folklore. It’s like playing an iconic character, which has always been so fascinating for the audience,” wrote Kapoor on the micro-blogging site.
One of Bollywood’s iconic roles — shape-shifting ‘naagin’– is deep-rooted in Indian folklore. This role has been revolutionised by several top actors of their times. Previously, Vyjayanthimala, Reena Roy, Rekha and Sridevi have played similar roles.
In July, Kapoor crossed the 50 million follower milestone on Instagram, in celebration of that moment she posted handwritten notes in Marathi, Hindi and English on her social media accounts.
Her note in English read: “To all my dearest sweetest, gems, babudis, fan clubs, and well wishers. I’ve been going through all the videos, edits, and posts that you have made with a much love and I’m so so so overwhelmed and humbled! I am here because of you all. I wish you all lots and lots of love right back along with happiness and peace. Please take the best care of yourselves, spread kindness and keep shining bright. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! 50 Million Times.”