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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan not approached for Amrita Pritam’s role in Sahir Ludhianvi biopic

Amid speculation that Priyanka Chopra has walked out of poet Sahir Ludhianvi’s biopic and that she has been replaced by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, sources say that Ash has not been approached for the film.

bollywood Updated: Sep 14, 2017 18:23 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,Sahir Ludhianvi,Abhishek Bachchan
Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was rumoured to be playing author Amrita Pritam in Sahir Ludhianvi’s biopic.

There has been strong buzz that actor-couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will reunite on the silver screen for poet Sahir Ludhianvi’s biopic. However, sources reveal that Aishwarya is not part of the film in which Abhishek is said to be playing the role of Ludhianvi.

Denying reports that Aishwarya will portray Ludhianvi’s love interest, writer Amrita Pritam in the film, a source close to her says,“Aishwarya has not been approached for the film. She has no idea from where such baseless reports are pouring in. She has not seen the script.” AbhiAsh have worked together in Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke, Kuch Naa Kaho, Dhoom 2, Guru, Umrao Jaan, Sarkar Raj, Bunty Aur Babli, and Raavan . This would have been the couple’s ninth film together.

It was reported that actor Priyanka Chopra was cast in the film, but was later replaced by Aishwarya. Earlier, it was also reported that actor Irrfan was approached for Ludhianvi’s role before Abhishek was reportedly finalised.

Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were last seen on the silver screen in the 2010 film Raavan. ( REUTERS )

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Abhishek has lost 12kg to fit the part and has been reading Ludhianvi’s poetry too.

The film will be directed by debutant Jasmeet Reen and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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First Published: Sep 14, 2017 18:11 IST