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Esha Gupta was original choice for Murder 3

Mauli Singh, Bollywood Hungama   June 20, 2012
First Published: 02:42 IST(20/6/2012) | Last Updated: 11:42 IST(27/6/2012)
Aditi Rao Hydari was not the original choice for Bhatt Camp's much awaited next, Murder 3. It was their latest blue eyed girl, Esha Gupta who was offered the film first. The newbie who has signed a three film deal with Vishesh films was seen in Jannat 2 and is also starring in Raaz 3.

If you are wondering why the leggy lissome opted out of such a huge franchise, here is the dope. An insider reveals, "Esha was the first choice of Bhatt's for the film. The reason she didn't do it is because her favourite writer Shagufta Rafique, who has written both her earlier films, is not writing this one. Also Mahesh Bhatt who has been involved in all the Vishesh films may not be able to mentor this one."

The source says, "Esha who shares a great bond with both of them and sees them as her mentors wasn't very comfortable working in a film that they are not part of. She expressed her reservation to the Bhatts and they welcomed her decision."

Esha confirmed that she was approached for Murder 3. However, she denies that Shagufta and Mahesh Bhatt were the reason for her to opt out of the film. She says she couldn't do the film because of time constrains. "I am busy with the dubbing of Raaz 3 and then the film's promotions will start. Then I have to finish Prakash Jha's Chakravyuh. There was no way I could give hundred percent to Murder 3 and do justice with the role. Why to do something when you know you wouldn't be able to pull it off. You don't want to do things half heartedly," she informs.

She signs off saying, "I am honored that Bhatt saab offered me Murder 3. It's a huge franchise to just let go off but I had no choice. I would have surely done the film if I had time."
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