This is not the first time that an actor has shot for a film and then opted out. Kareena Kapoor shot for Kaho Na…Pyar Hai and was replaced by Ameesha Patel.
Producer-director Rakesh Roshan told me she had shot an entire song sequence before there were “creative differences” that prompted Kareena’s departure. I once jokingly asked him to show me the song.
He said he has never shown the footage to anyone as it is unethical to display footage of an actor who for some reason, decides to stay away.
Strangely a still of Govinda who opted out of Jagga Jasoos, is being circulated from the film and being talked –about as a “cameo appearance” when the actor walked out of the film.
The story as told by a friend of the actor goes like this:
“Govinda was persuaded by director Anurag Basu to play RanbirKapoor’s father. Govinda was reluctant as he felt he was too young to play a 30-year old’s dad. But Anurag told Govinda that Ranbir was playing a 17-year old. However as the shooting progressed Govindarealized the film and his role were not progressing as per promise.He opted out. And was replaced by the Bengali actor Saswata Chatterjee who played ‘Bob’ the assassin in Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani,” says Govinda’s friend, who wonders why the actor’s name is being used for the film’s publicity.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to play the villain against Rajinikant in Robot. Would Akshay Kumar like it if this fact was played up everywhere?” asks Govinda’s friend.