Sharing the reason for casting Eksha, Jha said in a statement, “I love the North East & in general have a lot of respect for artists all over the country. We consciously, in our last production, had Nikki in Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele from the hills as we wanted it to have the storyline as a pan India representation to the LGBTQ+ community. And so, we introduced Jhanvi Rawat playing Zareen Khan’s partner. Even though she is from Delhi in real life.”
As per the makers, Eksha will be playing the character of a “ruthless femme fatale” who would be seen carrying out hand-to-hand combat with Jha’s character.
Revealing how they thought of someone like Eksha for this role, Jha added, “I am a huge fan of Kill-Bill & female assassins in action movies. When Alok was writing Lakadbaggha, we intentionally decided to have a femme fatale. He suggested this cop in Sikkim who has been a super model.”
He added, “I reached out to Eksha. She was kind enough to audition. Being a martial artist and kick boxer, she really fitted the world of the film. She is ‘the girl with no name’ & we are so proud to introduce her. Fun fact – she actually ended up hurting me physically during our action scenes because she didn’t know how to hold back or act. She went all out. And it was thrilling. She is the surprise packet in the film.”
Also starring Ridhi Dogra, Milind Soman and Paresh Pahuja, Lakadbaggha will be releasing this week on January 13.