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Pooja Hegde will be mak­ing her de­but with Hrithik Roshan-star­rer “Mo­henjo

Daro”. She got se­lected for the “right com­bi­na­tion of in­no­cence, grace, dig­nity and strength” that the char­ac­ter de­manded, says it’s co-pro­ducer. Writ­ten, pro­duced and di­rected by film­maker Ashutosh Gowariker, the epic ad­ven­ture-ro­mance is set in the city of Mo­henjo Daro in the era of the In­dus Val­ley civil­i­sa­tion which dates back to 2600 BC. Pro­duced by Siddharth Roy Ka­pur and Su­nita Gowariker,

“Mo­henjo Daro” is slated to re­lease on Au­gust 12.

“Ashutosh has al­ways looked at cast­ing new faces as the fe­male lead when he has wanted some­one to com­pletely em­body the char­ac­ter with­out any pre­vi­ous im­age at­tached to the ac­tor them­selves,” Su­nita said in a state­ment. She added: “That is why he cast Gracy for ‘La­gaan’ and Gay­a­tri in

‘Swades’. We wanted a new face for ‘Mo­henjo Daro’ to play the cho­sen one Chaani, for the same rea­son. We locked on Pooja as we re­alised that she had that right com­bi­na­tion of in­no­cence, grace, dig­nity and strength that the char­ac­ter of Chaani has.”

Pooja Hegde.

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