The runaway actress Deepika Padukone

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 7:20am IST Updated: Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 6:25pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Deepika Padukone is fast acquiring the reputation of saying yes to a film and then backing out.

Deepika Padukone may be the most in-demand actress today but she seems to be rubbing a lot of filmmakers the wrong way by first showing interest in a film, agreeing to do it, and then backing out at the last minute, citing various reasons. Says an industry insider, “She has every intention of doing a film, then after she commits to it, she gets another offer which she likes more, and she walks out of the first film. A rival actress, however, says, “I am not sure if she is even approached for all the films that she claims to be approached for. It’s good for an actress to have the image that she is approached for all the films and then she can’t do them so the roles go to other actresses. But is the case really that all filmmakers want to cast Dippy in their films but she has no dates to fit them all in?” Let’s take a look at the films that she was suppossed to do...

Hollywood calling
Deepika was offered a part in the latest James Wan’s Fast & Furious series seventh part. Ultimately Deepika couldn’t do it because of her date commitments to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela for the film’s promotions and shooting of Happy New Year.

Film with Ajay Devgn
It was reported that Rohit Shetty considered Deepika to be his lucky mascot post the success of Chennai Express and wanted to work with her again. That he’d promised her Singham 2 opposite Ajay. Finally the explanation was that Deepika couldn’t manage dates from her busy schedule (the shooting starts this month).

Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do
It was discreetly ‘leaked’ to the media that Deepika was approached for  Zoya Akhtar’s film based on a brother and sister. But the casting (but obviously!) fell through when Ranveer Singh was signed as the male lead. After playing her lover, off-screen in Ram Leela and given that he is dating the actress, they could hardly play siblings.

Film with Aamir
Another film that she’s apparently signed was with Aamir Khan. They were to be paired for the first time in a time-travel film produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. Aamir rubbished the rumours and said he won’t be acting in a film with Dips anytime soon.

Film with Salman Khan
Deepika Padukone was all set to act in Sooraj Barjatya’s film. But then before she film could go on the floors, she was offered Shuddhi. And a chance to work with SRK again after Chennai Express and Happy New year. She backed out of the film citing date issues

Corporate 2
Ms Padukone was touted as the heroine of Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Corporate 2 which was supposed to be the sequel to his Bipasha Basu-starrer Corporate. But the director dismissed off these rumours. He claims he never even considered doing the sequel.

In Dippy’s kitty

Neeraj Pandey’s untitled bio-pic, based on the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life, and starring Sushant Singh Rajput is said to star Deepika opposite him.

Karan Johar’s Shuddhi. After Hrithik Roshan left the film, it was delayed and then Kareena Kapoor didn’t have the dates for the film, so she had to opt out as well.

Shoojit Sirkar’s Piku, which is expected to begin in July this year, revolving around a father and daughter relationship, is said to star Amitabh Bachchan to play the father, while Deepika  will be playing his daughter.

Imtiaz Ali’s next film with Ranbir Kapoor.

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