Namaste, Aisha!

MUMBAI:Actress Neha Sharma’s sister, model Aisha won’t be debuting in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Judwaa 2, directed by David Dhawan, opposite Varun Dhawan anymore. Instead, Aisha will now be seen making her debut in Vipul Shah’s Namaste England, which also stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha.

Says a source, “Sonakshi won’t be the only female lead opposite Akshay in NE. While she plays his wife, Aisha plays his love interest. She is very hot on the modelling circuit and her pairing with Akshay is a fresh one whereas, Sonakshi has been paired with the actor five times already.”

Adds the source, “Akshay has introduced many young girls to B-Town before this. He has an eye for fresh talent. Many an actress, including Taapsee Pannu and Tamannaah Bhatia, resurrected their B-Town careers because of him. They had sunk into oblivion here and were doing South movies till he gave them a break again in his films.”


Aisha was to debut in Judwaa 2 opposite Varun, but there were some issues between the director David Dhawan and her management agency.

NE in August

Vipul plans to shoot the film in mid-August in England and later Mumbai and Punjab. The source adds, “He wants to first shoot in England because he wants to capture the beginning of winter.” And no, it’s not a sequel to Namastey London.”

Calendar girls turned actresses

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Deepika Padukone

Esha Gupta

Lisa Haydon

Nargis Fakhri

Yana Gupta


Trisha Krishnan in Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha (2015)

After debuting in Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (2005), which did poorly, Tamannaah Bhatia acted in several films in the South before Akshay gave her a break in Sajid-Farhad’s Entertainment (2014)

Taapsee Pannu had debuted in Chashme Baddoor (2013) and then did Neeraj Pandey’s Baby (2015) with Akshay

Madhurima Tuli in Baby (2015)

Nimrat Kaur in Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift (2016)