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No heroines for Italian Job

bollywood Updated: Aug 11, 2010 18:42 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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Considering Bollywood only has a handful of saleable actresses, filmmakers are moaning the dearth of suitable faces in case the chosen ones opt out. No wonder the director duo Abbas-Mustan and producers Indian Film Company are wondering whom to rope in for their remake of The Italian Job after Katrina Kaif walked out citing dates issues.

Ever since the sequel of Karan Johar’s Dostana was pushed ahead, Abhishek Bachchan’s dates for the remake were changed too; as were Kaif’s, who also stars in both. The directors then approached Priyanka Chopra for their film, which is now scheduled to start this November. Meanwhile, Kaif allotted the dates reserved for Dostana 2 to the new Yash Raj Films production, top lining Imran Khan, since it needs to be completed on priority, compelling her to opt out of the remake entirely.

Katrina kaifHowever, Chopra’s diary too is busy, with Khatron Ke Khiladi 3 due to be shot this September. And soon after, she will leave for the sequel of Farhan Akhtar’s Don with Shah Rukh Khan. Confirming the offer for the remake, a friend of the actress said, "Priyanka has Anurag Basu’s Silence after Don 2. Apart from these, she has six film offers, but the dates are yet to be finalised. Until then, we can’t say which film she’s doing for sure."

That’s not all. For the Abhishek Bachchan-Neil Nitin Mukesh-Omi Vaidya movie, Abbas-Mustan are also said to have approached Sonam Kapoor and Anushka Sharma. According to our source, “They are keen to sign Priyanka. They’ve also spoken to Sonam and Anushka, in case Priyanka can’t manage the dates.”

While the director brothers were unavailable for comment, Shariq Patel, Senior Vice-President, Producion, Indian Film Company said, “We’re yet to cast one more actor and two heroines.”