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Why Ileana couldn't romance Salman Khan

IANS  Mumbai, September 06, 2012
First Published: 17:44 IST(6/9/2012) | Last Updated: 17:53 IST(6/9/2012)

Ileana D'Cruz refused to work in Wanted, the Hindi version of Telugu hit Pokiri and thus lost the opportunity to romance Salman Khan on the big screen. Now she hopes to get another chance to team up with the Bollywood star.

"Yes, I was approached for the remake of Pokiri in Tamil and Hindi. I did Pokiri in Telugu, which did a huge business. I didn't take the offer of Pokiri in Hindi, which was titled Wanted, as I felt I was not prepared enough to enter Bollywood," the actress, who is now debuting in Bollywood with Barfi! told IANS.

"It was not that I didn't want to do the film, it's just that I didn't want to do it half-heartedly. I missed an opportunity to work with Salman in Wanted. But no regret as I feel Barfi! is the perfect launch for me. But I am really happy that Wanted did well. I would love to work with Salman Khan in the near future," she added.

In the 2006 hit Telugu film Pokiri, she had teamed up with Mahesh. Puri Jagannadh directed it.

The Tamil version, titled Pokkiri and starring Vijay and Asin Thottumkal, was directed by Prabhu Deva who also wielded the megaphone for Wanted.

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