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I wasn’t even offered Rascals: Vidya

Buzz is that Vidya Balan was replaced by Kangna Ranaut in Sanjay Dutt’s home production, Rascals, because she had dropped out of Double Dhamaal, in which she’d also been paired with Dutt, over the question of a price hike.

bollywood Updated: Sep 09, 2010 13:54 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Buzz is that Vidya Balan was replaced by Kangna Ranaut in Sanjay Dutt’s home production, Rascals, because she had dropped out of Double Dhamaal, in which she’d also been paired with Dutt, over the question of a price hike. The actress refutes the rumours: "I wasn’t even offered Rascals. How can I be replaced when I was never in the film? I’m very fond of Sanju (Dutt) and had he asked, I would have happily done his film."



She admits that she was approached for the Dhamaal sequel, but things didn’t work out. "Director Indra Kumar has made some

memorable films and hopefully and he’ll come to me with a Beta (1992) or Raja (1995) soon," she smiles.



Vidya BalanBalan doesn’t believe her "no" to Double Dhamaal pushed Dutt into dropping her from Rascals. "Sanju is a professional and would not take something like this personally," she retorts.



Ranaut is also said to have stepped in for Balan in Venus’ Bullet Train. "The dates didn’t work out. I had committed to Sujay Ghosh’s film that will be shot in October," she says. "But Priyan sir (director Priyadarshan) and I did an ad recently, and all is well."



Munnabhai 3 is likely to flag off next year with Dutt and Arshad Warsi. Will Balan be a part of the cast too? "This is news to me!" she exclaims. "I can’t imagine anyone, but Sanju and Arshad as Munna and Circuit. As far as I’m concerned, I have no clue."



What about the Ishqiya sequel? "Is that happening? If it is, they better have me or I will take my screen role literally and shoot them down. ‘Abhishek (director Abhishek Chaubey) agar jaan pyaari hai, to mujhe film mein le lo’ (If you value your life, sign me)," she laughs. "That’s one sequel I’m looking forward to since we had such a blast making Ishqiya."