Mumbai, April 18 -- Upcoming actors are known to approach Milan Luthria for work, but the film-maker was shocked when he and his team started getting calls this week, asking about an audition that his office never initiated.
Apparently, there's been a lot of speculation about Luthria's next film, which is said to feature a young cast. And he feels that unauthorised casting agents are taking advantage of this.
A fake WhatsApp message, which has been doing the rounds and was shared with us by the film-maker's office, goes, "Audn for Milan Luthria's film in studio 71 Link Plaza; need 5 boys 21 to 25 yrs; 3 girls 20-22 yers; 4 men 30-35yrs and 40-45 yrs; 5 females 27 to 34 yrs prominent roles; look for boys in casuals and men in formals; girls in western and females in indian outfit.Timing 1-9 pm (sic)."
The address mentioned was not of Luthria's office, but a few actors showed up there and had to be turned away. "I don't know what has happened. Is it a prank or is someone wrongfully using my name? These days, all the top makers have become professional in their approach to things like casting. Generally, reputed casting directors are roped in to do their job. So youngsters should be careful until they get contacted by reputed or authentic casting agents," says Luthria.
The makers of films like Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) and The Dirty Picture (2011) says that he is still working on the script. "The casting for the leads will happen in May, and for the supporting artistes in June. We are in the process of finalising the casting directors," says Luthria, who doesn't plan to approach the cops as yet.