Previously Sanjay Leela Bhansali revealed that his next movie ‘Ram Leela’ will star Ranveer Singh and Kareena Kapoor. The director was very excited to work with Kareena Kapoor.
But now it’s been reported that the actress has walked out of the movie. The reason given by the actress is that she doesn’t have enough dates.
“I walked out a week ago. I had allotted 100 days for the shooting in August as per contract but Mr. Bhansali wanted more days to shoot. My managers Reshma Shetty and Zahid Khan thought about it and decided it wasn't possible as I have signed three new big films for next year. The shooting for one of them begins in October immediately after the release of Heroine. I've also given 32 days of promotional time for Heroine as it's a very special film for me. That wouldn't have been possible if I had given those dates to ‘Ram Leela’,” said Kareena Kapoor to TOI.
Actress will be getting married about the same time but the actress said that it had nothing to do with her walking out of the movie.
“I am extremely ambitious and very career-oriented and my personal life has never come in the way of my career. My not doing this film has nothing to do with my wedding. Everyone knows Saif and me have been together in a relationship for the last five years and such stories about me being replaced because I am getting married are floated by PR machineries on an overdrive! So people, just back off and let me focus on my work!” she said.
While her manager did confirm the above but said that the reason Kareena walked out is because the enumeration offered wasn’t enough.
“We had fixed a lump sum amount for a 100-day shoot and had clarified that if the director took more time than that, we would be compensated, on a per-day basis. Mr. Bhansali was okay with it initially but later he asked for more days and didn't want to pay us extra for those days. We thought it's better to do three films in 150 days than just get stuck with one,” said Zahid.
The director reportedly has wasted no time in replacing Kareena and has decided to go with Priyanka Chopra for the movie.
“Whatever the case, Priyanka has been chosen because Bhansali wanted a completely fresh pairing. Priyanka is also excited because it’s one of Bhansali’s most prestigious projects. It’s an author-backed role,” said a source.
Seems like we have to wait longer to see Kareena Kapoor in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie, if at all it ever happens. Given that Kareena Kapoor walked out of filmmaker’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ because she wasn’t happy with the quoted money, it would be interesting to see if director ever works with her again.