How Alia Bhatt wriggled out of Aanand L. Rai’s yet-untitled film without upsetting Shah Rukh Khan is a story in itself. Alia became the choice of the movie, after many actresses like Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif had already been approached for the film.
Alia Bhatt has always admired Shah Rukh Khan, and working with him was like a blessing for the actress, but she recently refused a movie with him. They created fire with their unconventional chemistry in “Dear Zindagi”, but Alia Bhatt deliberately missed the second chance of working with the superstar.
However, it was then being said that Alia had REPLACED the leggy lass. And just as we were awaiting confirmation on this story from either Alia or Anand L Rai, it is now reported that she has decided to not do the film. Reason? Date issues. Catchnews quoted a source saying, “After Deepika Padukone opted out, citing date issues, Alia was almost finalised for the film. It was also said that she will be seen playing a dwarf like Shah Rukh Khan in the film. However, now she too has said to have date issues and may not be able to be part of the film.”
A spokesperson from Anand L Rai’s team had earlier clarified saying, “A lot of names have been thrown in but at the moment the female lead has not been finalised. The casting is underway and is taking time as it is a difficult role, in fact one of the most challenging that Aanand has ever worked on. The role needs a lot of prep time as well as shoot time for which a substantial chunk of dates are required. It’s not just about finishing this film but making it.”
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