Did Rani Mukerji’s high-handed behaviour lose her the Mary Kom biopic?

Well, it certainly did! We hear the dusky beauty made some unreasonable demands that miffed director Omung Kumar. And Priyanka Chopra won the role….

Rani Mukerji has always been touted as one of the finest actors in Bollywood. However, it was only after Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black that Rani earned the tag ‘versatile actor’. So it’s not surprising that Bhansali wanted his favourite Ms Mukerji to play the coveted role of Olympic boxing champion Mary Kom on the silver screen. But when director Omung Kumar approached the Bengali babe, she laid down some not-so-reasonable demands.

Apparently Rani said that she would shoot a few scenes and if she was happy with them, she would consider doing the rest of the film. Now we’ve heard heroines throwing their weight around to get things done their way, but Rani seems to have redefined the meaning of ‘starry’ nakhras with this one, wethinks. There was a time when this B-town beauty made it to the headlines only ‘coz of work and nothing else. But of late, Rani has been grabbing the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

Not long ago, there was loud buzz about how Rani would be starring only in Yash Raj Films and stay away from other banners. And now, by turning down Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ambitious project, she may have strained her relationship with the maverick director too. It is also said that Rani rejected the film as she didn’t want to experiment with her films or with newbie directors post the Aiyyaa debacle. But what’s puzzling is the fact that the Talaash actress has agreed to do YRF’s boldest film ever: Mardaani. that only reinforces the story that she would not do films outside rumoured beloved Aditya Chopra’s production house, no?

Now that we all know that Priyanka Chopra has been training and shooting for the Mary Kom role, wethinks the Bong babe made a big mistake by not accepting the film – it could have easily re-established her as a top star in B-town, don’t you think?