Alia Bhatt, who was soon to begin shooting for Homi Adjania’s next Raabta starring Sushant Singh Rajput, has walked out of the film at the nth hour. Yes, that’s right! Ms Bhatt already has her platter full with romantic sagas like Shaandaar, Udta Punjab, Kapoor & Sons and Shhuddhi which is why she apparently doesn’t wish to take on any more love stories for the time being.
Confirms a source close to the project, “The film has been in pre-production for four months. Homi has been working tirelessly on the script and finally locked it in March. Raabta was to go on floors in May, but now Alia has opted out. Also, she doesn’t have dates to spare. She has decided to go ahead with Shuddhi which is her mentor’s production and will reunite her with her Student of the Year and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania co-star, Varun Dhawan.”
Word is that Homi might shelve this project as he had written the whole script keeping Alia in mind. However, there is a little hope of finding a new leading lady. Adds the source, “It’s hard to find Alia’s replacement because she is young, spirited and has the advantage of star power. Also, Homi had written the script with Alia in mind. But they have to get their cast together pronto since Raabta is scheduled to release in early 2016. That’s the reason they have decided to look at a fresh face opposite Sushant who is still on board.”
On the other hand, speculations are rife that Alia is also contending to play Sushant’s wife in MS Dhoni biopic. Now will that too go for a toss or we’ll get to see Rajput and Bhatt coming together for that one? Only time will tell.