Deepika Padukone turned down Oscar nominee Majid Majidi’s film, but why?

Contrary to rumours, sources claim that it was Deepika Padukone who bowed out of Majid Majidi’s next.

bollywood Updated: Feb 08, 2017 19:35 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
Deepika Padukone,Sanjay Leela Bhansali,Majid Majidi
Deepika Padukone last starred in the Hollywood film, XXX: Return of Xander Cage.(HT Photo)

It all started when Deepika Padukone’s look test pictures for Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds got ‘leaked’ before going viral. Rumours started that Deepika had bagged the lead role in Majid’s next. Within a few days, more reports came out suggesting that the Iranian film-maker “let her pass because she didn’t fit the bill”.

At the same time, it was also rumoured that since the pictures of Deepika’s test shoot ‘were leaked’, the makers felt that she was using the shoot pictures to further her interests in the international arena.

Deepika Padukone’s pictures from the test shoot had gotten leaked on the internet. (HT Photo)

Now, there’s another twist to the story. Sources say that Deepika, who has a lot of respect for the director, apparently did the look test without a script. But, it’s believed that she had made it clear to the makers that she would agree to do the film only when she hears or reads the final draft of the script.

Iranian film-maker Majid Majidi’s next stars Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother, Ishaan in the lead. (AFP)

However, sources add that Deepika unfortunately disliked the final draft (of the script) as it didn’t work out as per her expectations. Also, it’s believed that she isn’t looking for “something like this (film) at this stage of her career”. As a result, she respectfully bowed out of the film.

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An insider says, “Since, Deepika admires Majidi’s work and holds him in high regards, she doesn’t want to talk about what exactly happened, but she is surprised with the kind of loose talk and conjectures it has led to. If the right script comes along, she would love to work with Majidi, since she admires his work.”

Deepika Padukone will next be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next, Padmavati. (HT Photo)

The actor, who recently made her Hollywood debut with xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, will be next seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. Deepika couldn’t be reached for a comment.

First Published: Feb 08, 2017 18:55 IST