Luck doesn't seem to be favouring Rajkumar Santoshi and his dream project with Shahid Kapur. The latest news is that the production house, PVR, has backed out from the untitled venture.
A defensive Santoshi says, "The project hasn't been shelved but just pushed ahead.We were supposed to start the project after Halla Bol but now it will only happen next year."
A few months ago, the duo were to work together but later the director decided todrop the idea of making an intense film with Kapur because he found too many similarities between his script and the recently released JabWe Met.
"The last 10 minutes of Jab We Met were similar to my script. It wouldn't be advisable to have the same climax with the same actor," he explains.
The film was also supposed to feature Katrina Kaif opposite Kapur but there was news that Salman Khan was not so happy with Kaif working with Kapur.
The director decided to go ahead with another subject for which he had reportedly roped in Vidya Balan.
"It was always supposed to be Katrina and Vidya was never considered," insists Santoshi.
A source informs, "After the success of Taare Zameen Par, PVR is more keen on making meaningful cinema with cohesive content and not run-of-the-mill projects. They don' t want to spend a fortune."
The failure of Halla Bol is also what caused the production house to rethink their decision.
"They realised that Halla Bol spent a whole lot of money.. much more than required. Taare Zameen Par has taught them that a constrained budget makes for a viable project," says the source.
Santoshi flatly denies this. "There were no creative differences nor budget problems. I'm just looking for a new subject for Shahid. Once I get it, the project will go on the floors."
Say the project does take off this year as Santoshi promises,who will be cast opposite Kapur? The director refuses to take any
names instead reinforcing that, "I'm surely going to work with Shahid. The rest will be decided later."