Bharat that recently hit the screens, is performing well. The movie stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles. In the film, Salman Khan’s mother is played by Sonali Kulkarni. She was cast for the role despite the fact that she is nine years younger than Khan.
In an interview to a daily, Sonali Kulkarni opened up about her initial apprehensions on taking on the role. She said, “When I was offered Bharat, I was quite unsure whether or not I’d be able to pull off this character gracefully. But all my queries were put at rest when I got to meet my director Ali Abbas Zafar. Ali was very sure about it because the mother was to be seen with younger as well as an older version of Bharat (played by Salman). So he needed one person who could carry it off till the end with both the versions of Bharat.”
She was also impressed with the research that went into the role and her film. She said, “I had never worked with Salman so I was wondering what my look would be because I don’t dictate my looks. I like to listen to the team and trust their research. So when you have a team that is putting in so much research and heart and a director who is confident and able, as an actor all I could do was pour my passion into the character and that I tried to do.”
This is not the first time that she played mother to an older actor. In Mission Kashmir, she played Hrithik Roshan's mom and he was a year older to her. The actress has always made different and interesting film choices and proved with every film that she is a top performer, no matter what the age, length or type of character it is.
Bharat has opened to an amazing box office response. You can read the review of the film here.