BOLLYWOOD: Taapsee Pannu was in for an unpleasant surprise when she learnt that she had been dropped from Pati, Patni Aur Woh remake at the last minute. She had said, “I was at the narration in November, in the presence of Juno and Abhay (Chopra, the producer). I liked the script and gave it a go-ahead. I was asked to clear my schedule and I complied. Only the clauses remained to be negotiated. But suddenly, they vanished.”
When asked what the reason for being dropped from the film was, she said that even director Mudassar Aziz was not given a reason. “He was just asked to take someone else’. When I tried to confront the producers, I wasn’t given a proper reason. As much as I have been trying to get some clarity on the matter, they’ve been putting off the conversation, which is very weird.”
The co-producers Bhushan Kumar and Juno Chopra released a joint statement on the matter. “When a script is locked, every director or producer approaches actors for the casting of the film. It’s a basic protocol followed by almost all filmmakers. Similarly, for our upcoming project Pati Patni Aur Woh, we reached out to many actors, who we thought could be our potential protagonists in the film.
“The versatile actress Taapsee Pannu was one of the many actresses we had approached for one of the leading ladies in the film. However, we as producers have never made any commitment to her. We would like to clarify that our casting was purely done on the basis of who suited the characters to the tee. Taapsee is an extremely talented actress and we would love to work with her in the future. We will soon make the official announcement for the final cast of Pati Patni Aur Woh,” they said.