Bollywood has been witness to several casting brawls when notable productions catch the fancy of multiple actors. But, in an interesting turn of events, Taapsee Pannu and Kriti Sanon found themselves at loggerheads over the indecisiveness of co-producers of a John Abraham production. While Pannu was the first choice for Abraham and co-producer Sunir Khetrapal, buzz that Sanon was being roped in to take her place, emerged after another production house jumped aboard.
Kriti Sanon and Taapsee Pannu
A friend of Pannu tells mid-day, “Khetrapal is the sole owner of the film and had signed Taapsee a long time ago. Not only has the signing amount been given, Taapsee’s dates have also been locked.” Pannu has interacted with Abraham on three occasions, says the source, further pointing out that reports of Sanon being cast in the film have shocked Pannu. “She was flabbergasted. But, John and Sunil assured her that the film was hers, and a formal announcement would put rumours to rest.”
Production house KriArj Entertainment, which came aboard the film later and made a quick exit, was apparently not keen on casting Pannu. The source suggests that the co-producers began pitching the film to other female stars, including Sanon. “However, Sunil said he wouldn’t drop Taapsee since she was the first to join the cast. A formal announcement is expected within a week.” When mid-day connected with Khetrapal, he said that he “will not make a statement unless the artistes have signed the contract.”, refusing to divulge details around the lead pair.
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