With a lot of actresses vying for the role, it was Shraddha who had been finalized for the film. Gabbar slated to go on floors on January 8, 2014, and Akshay Kumar has given bulk dates to the producer for the same. However, during that time span, Shraddha will be busy shooting for Haider with Shahid Kapoor. Hence, Shabina recently stated that she has asked Shraddha to move out of the project in order to avoid a date clash.
Gabbar is also co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and will be directed by Tamil director Krish.