A couple of months ago, when Kamal Sadanah launched the remake of his father’s production Victoria No. 203, Amrita Arora was excited about stepping into the shoes of Saira Banu, who did the original film.
“The film was a classic hit and playing Sairaji’s character is a great honour,” she had said about working in Ananth Mahadevan-directed remake. Today, she’s not doing the film anymore.
“Amrita had confirmed her dates after signing for the film. So she was surprised to know that she wouldn’t be required for the first schedule. After she spoke to Sadanah, she decided to opt out of the film,” says a source.
Mahadevan said, “Amrita wasn’t required in the first schedule, so we didn’t shoot with her. I didn’t know that she’s not doing the film. Sadanah will be able to give you a clearer picture of this.”
Sadanah attributed Arora’s opting out of Victoria No 203, to “some contractual problems.” He refused to elaborate further saying, “Most of the first schedule was shot with Anupam Kher and Om Puri. And the dates are being coordinated depending on those committed by Anupam, Om and Jimmy Shergil. Preeti Jhangiani gets to play an important part, which is not there in the 1972 original.”
He added, “I’m in talks with a couple of actresses for some role and I should be able to confirm one of them in a week or so.” Amrita Arora was unavailable for comment.