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Secret behind the Delhi 6 rebuff

Shaikh Ayaz spills the beans on the reason behind top heroes saying no to Rakeysh Mehra's autobiographical project, Delhi 6.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2007 18:22 IST
Shaikh Ayaz
Shaikh Ayaz
Hindustan Times

Attention. How would the conservative desi moviegoers react if a Bombay movie had a masturbation scene a la There's Something About Mary? There was one in English August, too, showing Rahul Bose in the act, but then that was a niche arthouse movie.

Trade talk is that Rakeysh Mehra's Delhi 6 features a masturbation sequence. Hrithik Roshan, approached for the lead role objected politely .

Then reports appeared, saying that Roshan did not have dates for the project. The role was then tossed around from Ranbir Kapoor and Siddharth (Rang de Basanti) to Imran Khan, Aamir Khan's nephew.

Back to the start Finally, Mehra reverted to his original choice Abhishek Bachchan. In fact, Bachchan Jr was confirmed at one point of time, then he was out, then he was in, you know how it is. Sonam Kapoor will be the leading lady .

Bachchan Jr and Mehra were supposed to do a film titled Samjhauta Express, earlier, that would have touched on Indo-Pak relationships. The project was scrapped. An SMS to Mehra for his reaction to the M-scene remained unanswered.

It is widely believed that Delhi 6 is autobiographical in nature. Mehra, who spent his formative years in old Delhi, wants to pay tribute to his town through the movie.

Mehra began the first phase of the film's shooting in October by capturing the Eid celebrations in Chandni Chowk.