Aaliyah Qureishi Opens Up About Her Surprising Casting Experience in a Shah Rukh Khan Film

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Jawan Star Aaliyah Qureishi Thought Her Casting Call Was A Prank ‘Because It Was A Shah Rukh Khan Film’

Aaliyah Qureishi with SRK. (courtesy: jhalliverse)

New Delhi:

Singer-actor Aaliyah Qureishi, who goes by her stage name Jhalli, recently featured as one of the six members in Shah Rukh’s super powerful women squad in Jawan. The actress, in an interview with India Today opened up on being cast in the film.

How Aaliyah Qureishi Was Cast in the Film

  • Landed the role in 2021 after auditioning with Mukesh Chhabra casting
  • Had been looking for work and contacted casting agents
  • Received information about a Red Chillies film with six girls

“I landed the role two years ago, in 2021 when I auditioned with Mukesh Chhabra casting. Around this time, I was really looking for work because I hadn’t auditioned for anything in a couple of months. I called up all the casting agents whose numbers I had. I spammed them. I was like ‘hi do you have any auditions that I can test for?’ So, a guy from Mukesh Chhabra’s office said ‘yeah there’s one Red Chillies film, it has six girls and you would be auditioning and it’s with a South director, Atlee,” Aaliyah told India Today.

The Casting Process and Surreal Moment

After auditioning, Aaliyah was called by the director Atlee to discuss the role further.

“So I went to Red Chillies office and I met Atlee sir and his wife Priya. They were really lovely, and they asked me a few questions about my hair and if I had done any martial arts or stunt training in the past. I had done boxing, so I told them. I was totally willing to change my hair too, because I had the craziest hair style in the past. He asked me if I was a musician, and I said, yeah, I am a musician,” she shared.

Days later, Aaliyah received a call from the casting agent informing her about being cast in the film.

“I got a call from the casting agent saying that I had been casted. And actually, when I got the call, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was pranking me because it was a Shah Rukh Khan film,” India Today quoted Aaliyah Qureishi as saying.

Behind the Scenes Moments

Aaliyah shared some behind-the-scenes moments from the sets of Jawan on her Instagram account.

ICYMI, Aaliyah also shared a heartfelt note for her co-star Shah Rukh Khan on Instagram.

About the Film Jawan

Directed by Atlee and produced by Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Jawan was released in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. The film also stars Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, and Deepika Padukone.

Jawan has received positive reviews from both the audience and critics.

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