We hope you remember that filmmaker Imtiaz Ali had last year announced a film with Shahid Kapoor, on the occasion of their first film ‘Jab We Met’ (2007) clocking ten years. Both were quite excited about teaming up together after a long gap of ten years. The untitled film was expected to begin production at the end of 2017 and release in April this year. However, the project could not take off on time and now the reports are coming in that Shahid has bowed out of it completely to move on to do something else.
According to a source, “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.”
We also hear that Imtiaz’s next is a two-hero project and award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao was cast to play the other lead along with Shahid Kapoor. However, after Kapoor bid adieu to the project, Rajkummar Rao has stepped in to fill his shoes and the makers are now looking for an actor to play the role which Rao was roped in to play. “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,” reveals another source.