Iranian filmmaker, Majid Majidi's directorial, Beyond the Clouds starring Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan will hit the screens this week and the filmmaker is in the country to promote the same. Majidi is a much acclaimed film director and Ishaan couldn't have asked for a better debut. While we heard reports of Deepika Padukone being approached by Majid to essay the role of Ishaan's sister in the movie, nothing worked out in the actress' favour. The director in his early interactions during the promotion revealed how casting Deepika would have made it difficult for him to shoot the movie. Talking to TOI, he said, "Since we were about to shoot in real locations, it would have been difficult to shoot with Deepika around as she is a star." But the latest reports suggest that not just the Padmaavat actress but even Kangana Ranaut was in talks with the makers for the same character. Also Read: Beyond the Clouds movie review roundup: Ishaan Khattar’s debut performance gets praised by critics for the energy and “emotive conviction”
In his recent media interaction with TOI, Majid Majidi clarified that Kangana was approached for the same role but the fact that she rejected it is completely untrue. He said, "said, “With Kangana, we could not work together. I heard something from her office and that made me upset. She had said 'I did not accept the role', which was not true. Then we followed it up and it was not Kangana but her office that had published this. I mention this because I never reacted to what she said. I feel now I can say this. We did have some meetings, we talked together. I don't want to go into detail. The only thing I want to say is that it is not true that she did not accept the role."
Prior to him when Kangana was asked about the reason why she rejected such a golden opportunity to work with such a great director, she had a different tale to tell. "It's a brother-sister story where the brother is the one doing all the fighting. Since I'm jumping straight into Ketan Mehta's Jhansi ki Rani, who was an iconic heroine, why would I take on such a submissive role?" Also Read: Ishaan Khatter’s Beyond The Clouds becomes a talking point for Indian PM Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
However, Majid Majidi clarified that there's no cold war between him and the Simran actress and he respects her talent. "She is a very good actress. (She is) strong, I hope to work with Kangana in the future,” he said.
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