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Why Majid Majidi didn’t cast Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone in Beyond The Clouds

Expressing his desire to work with her in future, filmmaker Majid Majidi says Kangana Ranaut did not reject his film Beyond The Clouds.

bollywood Updated: Apr 18, 2018 10:42 IST

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Majid Majidi says he approached both Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone for Beyond The Clouds.
Majid Majidi says he approached both Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone for Beyond The Clouds.

Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi has admitted that he had approached both Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone for Beyond the Clouds but added that things did not work out and he finally decided to cast Malavika Mohanan.

“With Kangana, we could not work together. I heard something from her office and that made me upset. She had said ‘I did not accept the role’, which was not true. Then we followed it up and it was not Kangana but her office that had published this,” Majidi said.

The director was referring at a report where Kangana was quoted as saying that she declined the film as she found her character “submissive”. “I mention this because I never reacted to what she said. I feel now I can say this. We did have some meetings, we talked together. I don’t want to go into detail. The only thing I want to say is that it is not true that she did not accept the role,” Majidi said.

Didn’t invite Deepika Padukone for casting in Beyond The Clouds: Majid Majidi

In February 2017, Kangana was quoted by Pinkvilla as saying, “It’s a brother-sister story where the brother is the one doing all the fighting. Since I’m jumping straight into Ketan Mehta’s Jhansi ki Rani, who was an iconic heroine, why would I take on such a submissive role?”

The filmmaker, however, hopes to work with Kangana in future. “She is a very good actress. (She is) strong, I hope to work with Kangana in the future,” he added.

Talking about Deepika, the director said he was impressed that she did not have any qualms in giving a screen test for the film. “Deepika was very nice to accept the test. It was not to check whether she had the ability to act or not. I just wanted to see how she would look in that costume. We had some meetings. But Deepika had a very big film, which released recently, and she had to shoot for that. We did not find common time to work together,” he added.

Actor Priyanka Chopra was also approached but their schedules did not match.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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First Published: Apr 18, 2018 09:58 IST