It’s not enough to be the country’s most iconic production house.Or Bollywood ’s most influential leading man.
Even Yash Raj Films is susceptible to casting woes, as its helmerAditya Chopra has discovered while looking for a leading lady in their new historical magnum opus Thugs Of Hindostan.
Every heroine of consequence, and of not much consequence, seems to have turned down the role. The latest is the hugely saleable AliaBhat.Basking in the glory of her latest blockbuster Badrinath KiDulhaniya, Alia was personally requested by Aamir Khan to join theThugs Of Hindostan , played by Amitabh Bachchan and AamirKhan,in their epic journey.
But the hottest heroine of Bollywood had to reluctantly say no.
Says a source close to the development, “Alia would love to work with Aamir.Who wouldn’t? But not in a film where the heroine has so little to do. The heroine’s role in Thugs Of Hindostan is underwritten,underdeveloped and undernourished. In fact HrithikRoshan told Adi Chopra that the girl’s role needs to be worked on.Adi agreed. But the minute Aamir showed interest in the projectHrithik was dropped and the heroine’s role remained the same.”
With Alia joining the long list of actresses who have turned downThugs Of Hindustan(and that includes almost every name fromShradha Kapoor to Vani Kapoor) the makers are in frantic pursuit of a heroine, as the shooting approaches.
Says a source, “Everyone knows Aamir ke filmon mein heroine bahotkam kaam karti hai. Lekin kam-se-kam jita Dangal mein jitna Fatima Sana Shaikh ka role hai utni toh honi chahiye.”