Raaz 3 makers prefer Bipasha to Esha

  • Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Aug 16, 2012 17:49 IST
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    Posers: Actors Bipasha Basu and Emraan Hashmi join the league of on-screen couples who don't fit together, visually. The duo pose during the launch of ...

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    Bipasha Basu smiles at her co-star Emraan Hashmi as they promote the first trailer of Raaz 3. (PTI Photo)

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    All Smiles: Bipasha Basu and Emraan Hashmi look more than cheerful at the event. (AFP Photo)

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    Spectator: Bipasha Basu looks observant during media interaction. (AFP Photo)

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    Stunner: Bipasha Basu stuns in a smokin' hot black lacy dress. (AFP Photo)

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    Director Vikram Bhatt, Emraan Hashmi and Bipasha Basu share a good laugh during the launch. (AFP Photo)

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    Lean on me: Mahesh Bhatt speaking during Raaz 3 promotion and Bipasha Basu, can't help but flash an ear to ear smile at photogs. (AFP ...

Esha Gupta may be a Vishesh Films protégé, thanks to them giving her a big break in Jannat 2 opposite Emraan Hashmi, and then taking her on board for Raaz 3, replacing Jacqueline Fernandez in the film.

But the Bhatts are in no mood to promote her this time around. Despite having shot with her for a poster for Raaz 3, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt chose to release the one without Esha, as he believes Bipasha Basu is a better bet for the first look. 

Mahesh says, “We’re releasing all the looks in phases.” He explains that movie producers usually release promotional material with the bigger stars first, before turning the spotlight onto the smaller actors.

Prod him further about Esha’s absence and he says, “Every actor whines, wanting to be on top. What should matter is how much screen presence you get. Esha has done a good job in the film.”

Meanwhile, Esha didn’t show up for the music launch of the film. But the actor insists, “There are no rifts. Before the launch of the first promo, we had a meeting, but I was busy with other commitments and could not take time out (for the launch).” Esha does admit that she had shot for the poster, but reserves comments about why she isn’t in it. “We did shoot for the poster, but the producer and director are the ones who decide the final layout,” she explains.


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