Aishwarya Rai out of ‘Heroine’?

Aishwarya Rai out of ‘Heroine’?

It’s official – Madhur Bhandarkar’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Heroine is shelved. But there is more to the story than what meets the eye. Read on…

The first look of Madhur Bhandarkar’s ambitious National Award contender film Heroine was launched amidst huge fanfare at Cannes Film Festival.  Ash’s co-star in the film Arjun Rampal, having tasted the National Award blood with Rock On, was all the more excited being a part of Bhandarkar’s magnum opus. Then one day the bubble burst as rumours of Aishwarya’s pregnancy started doing the rounds. Producer Ronnie Screwvala of UTV was a worried man as his trip to Cannes was going to turn into a waste along with the reels they had canned for the film. Now it is official – the film has been stalled and a statement from UTV says: “We would like to put an end to the speculative and factually incorrect stories that are doing the rounds on Heroine, and to clarify the position on the film once and for all. At this point nothing is more important than Aishwarya’s well being and good health. In that context, we have all mutually agreed that the best step would be to avoid shooting further, rather than proceeding with an incredibly demanding schedule over the coming months. Even as we will truly miss this opportunity to work with Aishwarya, the entire unit wishes her the very best for the exciting time ahead, as she and Abhishek move into this special new phase in their lives.” While we appreciate the well intentioned UTV guys, there is buzz that the production house is mulling over including a no-pregnancy clause in their contracts from here on. We hear that  Bhandarkar is extremely upset that his ambitious project has bitten the dust, but the director is keeping mum as he doesn’t want to anger the Bachchans. UTV has already started looking for a replacement and there are rumours that Priyanka has already messaged Bhandarkar, telling him that she wouldn’t mind considering the script. There could be other options for Bhandarkar too! Who do you think will be able to fill Aishwarya’s dainty shoes for this film?


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