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Preity Zinta gets pricey for Yamla Pagla Deewana 2?

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 24, 2012
First Published: 14:03 IST(24/6/2012) | Last Updated: 16:18 IST(24/6/2012)

Actors Dharmedra, Sunny and Bobby Deol and are set to enthrall the audience again with the second installment of their 2011 hit Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD). A source close to the project reveals that instead of retaining actor Kulraj Randhawa, who played the lead role in the first film, actor Preity Zinta has been approached as the lead for the sequel.

Preity, who is already working with Sunny Deol in his next film Bhaiyyaji Superhit, is negotiating the remuneration offered by the Deols. “Since YPD was a superhit, Preity asked for a very high price when she was offered the role,” says a source.

This is the second hitch in the project as the Deols have also replaced Samir Karnik, the director of the first film, with Sangeeth Sivan for the sequel. When Sivan was asked if Preity is doing the movie, he refused to divulge details saying, “They have kept it absolutely open; nothing is clear right now. I don’t want to comment on it.”

Yamla Pagla Deewana was a comedy about an older son, who lives with his mother in Canada, visiting India in search of his father and younger brother. The family is finally united after several hilarious incidents.

Our source reveals that the script is locked and the sequel is not a continuation of the first film. “It’s a comedy again but a completely new story with a different characterisation of the main characters,” say the makers. The Deols are planning to take the movie on the floors by September.

Despite repeated attempts to contact Preity, she remained unavailable for comment.

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