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Is Deepika Padukone Looking For A New Mentor?

With  Rishi Kapoor indisposed  again, the prestigious  remake  of  the  Hollywood film The Intern where Rishi Kapoor  was  to play Deepika Padukone’s mentor, is  now  a project  in jeopardy.

The film will now  have to wait or  be re-cast, as Rishi is  unlikely to  take up any more work until he recovers his health.

Apparently  co-producers Deepika Padukone and Sunir Khetrapal  have taken a call  to re-cast  Rishi’s role.

Says a  source , “The  other obvious choice for her mentor’s role  was  Amitabh Bachchan Saab. But Deepika  has already done a fine  film Piku with  Bachchan Saab. She  was very keen  on working with  Chintuji whom she has known and admired for a long time. Unfortunately with  things turning out the way they have it seems  unlikely that this  untried casting combination will happen.”

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It isn’t clear at the moment  who will be cast in the remake  of  The Intern. In  the original Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway played  the mentor and  protégée.Perhaps India’s De Niro Naseeruddin Shah  is  the  solution?

 Rishi suddenly took ill in Delhi in January. He was  soon discharged and he gave defiant press statements  stating it was just  an infection caused by  Delhi’s infamous pollution. 

Sources   close to the  Kapoor family say Rishi is in denial. “He’s  just being stubborn. This is adding to  the  family’s growing anxiety. Before  a treatment procedural  is decided on, he must accept that he’s unwell. Unfortunately,  like the first time when the disease struck, he is not willing to accept the truth.”

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 This sudden unfortunate turn of circumstances has put  a question mark on  Rishi’s son Ranbir’s marriage to Alia Bhatt.  The family was  getting ready for the wedding this year. But now with  this  sudden  setback, the entire  family’s concentration will be on Rishi Kapoor’s health.

We wish him a complete recovery .

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