Actor Shahid Kapoor is reportedly out of Imtiaz Ali’s next directorial venture, said several media reports even as a spokesperson for the Jab We Met director said that no lead actor had been finalised yet.
”Shahid Kapoor was very excited about this film. He even gave a look test for this in November, last year. But then after that things didn’t fall into place. There were some issues with the script and both Shahid and Imtiaz decided to put the movie on the backburner. However, now Shahid has completely pulled out of the movie. He has told Imtiaz that he cannot do it and has taken up other projects too. Imtiaz has accepted this decision and there are no ill feelings between the actor and the director.” said a report by a website.
Another source was as saying, “Imtiaz’s movie is a two-hero project. So earlier, Shahid Kapoor was cast along with Rajkummar Rao. Now that Sasha is not doing the movie at all, Rao has stepped into Kapoor’s role and the hunt for a replacement for Rao’s original role is on. Meanwhile, Imtiaz is also working on the script and the changes it requires after Shahid Kapoor walking out of it and to suit the personality of Rajkummar Rao.”
However, a spokesperson for Imtiaz said that the director had not yet finalised on the male lead actors.
“Imtiaz has many stories in his mind and is yet to finalise the one that he wants to make next. So at this point there is no question of casting for it. We’d like to categorically state that no actor has been finalised for his next film as yet,” DNA website quoted the statement by Imatiaz’s spokesperson.
It further added, “The official announcement will be made as and when we are ready.” Imtiaz’s last directorial venture was 2017 film Jab Harry Met Sejal, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the leads. Shahid Kapoor is currently working on Batti Gul Meter Chalu and Arjun Reddy Remake.