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02-10-2012, 11:49 PM #1
Abhay will not be back with Sonam
The actor walks out of Rajkumar Santoshi’s ambitious film, saying the filmmaker is unprepared. Sonam, too, is undecided
Raj Kumar Santoshi is not a happy man at the moment. His next film, which he had announced with a lot of fanfare, starring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol is now bereft of its lead actor. Media has learnt that Abhay is now out of the project that was scheduled to go on floors on February 1. Moreover, even Sonam is currently undecided about her part in the film. \
Confirming the news, a source close to Abhay said, “Abhay had agreed to the film in principle. But every time he asked Santoshi anything about the film, the director was either evasive or unclear. Abhay decided to excuse himself from the project since he thought it would be better for him. He even informed Santoshi about it. There is no bad blood between the two.”
Though Sonam refused to talk about it, an industry source close to her had a similar story to tell. “Santoshi could not come up with the right set-up. Yes, Abhay is not doing that film either. So why should Sonam hold on to it? Since things have not fallen into place, she is undecided at the moment. However, if everything falls in place, she will definitely consider it,” said the source.
Speaking to Mirror from Dubai, Santoshi claimed, “Things are falling in place. I am here scouting for locations for the film. I have already signed Ravi K Chandran for cinematography. I plan to start in March.”
When asked about his lead actors leaving the project, the director had a different story to tell. While he agreed that Abhay is not in his project any longer, the director insisted that Sonam was still a part of his venture. “Abhay had issues with the dates. He said he had to work on Rock The Shaadi,” said Santoshi. Apparently, he wasn’t happy with Abhay’s incessant questions either.
When asked about who will replace Abhay, he said, “I have zeroed down on a few names. I shall let you know in four days.”