I didn’t want to work with Bollywood stars: Majid Majidi on not casting Deepika

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I didn’t want to work with Bollywood stars: Majid Majidi on not casting Deepika

 

 

Filmmaker Majid Majidi, who has directed Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother Ishaan Khattar’s debut Bollywood film, Beyond the Clouds, has revealed why he chose Malavika Mohanan over Deepika Padukone for the film. Deepika had initially auditioned for the movie but Majidi finally chose newcomer Ishaan Khattar and Malayalam cinema actor Malavika.

“I didn’t want to work with Bollywood superstars. I always wanted to shoot at different locations in Mumbai, because places are also characters in my films. But even for one audition, it was difficult with Deepika (Padukone) as there was a large crowd and even more curiosity. That was the reason for not wanting to cast a superstar,” a Pinkvilla report quoted the filmmaker as saying.

“I choose my subjects from the society… I choose my heroes from the crowd. I mostly work with newcomers, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to work with professional ones,” Majidi said at a press conference on the sidelines of IFFI.

emember the actress’ de-glammed pictures had gone viral when she auditioned for the part in Iranian filmmaker’s project. But soon Malvika Mohanan was confirmed for the female lead opposite Ishaan Khattar who makes his debut with this film. Reports even suggested that Deepika Padukone wasn’t too keen on the role and that she had done the look test as a mark of respect for the director.

Finally! we got to know director’s take on why Bollywood superstar was rejected for the part. In an interview to Mumbai Mirror he said, “I didn’t want to work with Bollywood superstars. I always wanted to shoot at different locations in Mumbai , because places are also characters in my films. But even for one audition, It was difficult with Deepika Padukone as there was a large crowd and even more curiosity. That was the reason for not wanting to cast a superstar.”

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