Katrina Kaif was the ideal choice for Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai opposite Emraan Hashmi as the female lead needed to look half-Indian half-Caucasian. Although Katrina was keen on working with the director, she still refused the role. So what went wrong?
Apparently, Katrina was keen on doing a rom-com opposite Imran Khan and not a political thriller opposite Emraan Hashmi and so the lead female role was vacated, reported Mumbai Mirror.
Now this has landed the director in big trouble with just a month left from the scheduled shoot of the film. "Yes, we need a half-Caucasian half-Indian. And we've launched a worldwide hunt. Katrina was ideal. But she had other career plans. So yes, like it or not, we are looking for the right actress. Without her there's no shooting," Dibakar told the tabloid.
Apparently, Dibakar Banerjee has considered every possible actress from Salma Hayek to Barbara Mori. Casting agencies in Europe and North America have been roped in to find the right actress for the film. But so far the filmmaker has had no luck.
Dibakar revealed about the characters to the tabloid, "This is a very important role. The actress is one of the three principal characters along with Abhay Deol and Emraan Hashmi. We have to make sure we cast properly. And yes, we don't have time. We can't start shooting until we find the actress."
Good luck for finding a Katrina look-alike!