Whether it’s for being termed as the Bhatts’ lucky mascot or for her frequent visits to the USA to visit rumoured boyfriend Armaan Gujral, Esha Gupta has regularly been in the news.
The latest we’ve heard about the actor is that she is set to play the lead in the desi version of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). An industry insider reveals, Esha has often been referred to as the Indian Angelina Jolie, as she resembles her. Now, this resemblance has got her a huge project. She has been signed for an International co-production (Indo-American) to play the Indian Lara Croft. As of now, only one film has been decided upon. It remains to be seen whether there will also be an Indian version of the second film in the Hollywood franchise, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003).
For the uninitiated, Lara Croft is one of the most recalled roles of Jolie’s career. A fictional character, Lara is the film’s protagonist — an archaeologist who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world.
The insider adds, Esha was approached for the role as she’s tall and has a very athletic physique. Obviously, her looks are an advantage, as those who’ve seen the original will be able to connect with the film better. This is a huge project for her, considering there will be a Hollywood studio backing it along with Indian producers.
Though a newcomer, Esha’s track record boasts of two back-to-back hits — Jannat 2 (2012) and Raaz 3D (2012) — which proved to be a decisive factor in her casting.
Due to the fact that her previous two films were hits, the makers weren’t hesitant to approach her, claims the insider. Apart from this
project, the actor will also be seen in another Vishesh Films movie, thus completing her three-film contract with the banner.
When contacted, Esha’s spokesperson said, We’re not at liberty to discuss anything about the project.