Aanand L Rai is not in a happy space right now. After ‘Zero’ tanked last year, it has been difficult for him to find a suitable financer for his next. In fact, his last production venture ‘Laal Kaptaan’ was a disaster at the box-office too. Now, he was planning a film that will star Dhanush alongside Sara Ali Khan. Both of them have been locked for the project and he was in the lookout for a third actor – a male superstar.
He had taken the film to Hrithik Roshan. Initially, the actor did show interest but he has decided to opt-out of the movie already.
A source says, “Hrithik developed cold feet. It’s a two-hero project with Hrithik playing a mature guy who Sara falls for. He liked the idea but he wasn’t sure if he would look great opposite Sara because the age difference is huge between the two. He initially had a few meetings with Aanand who tried to convince him that the pair won’t look awkward on-screen. He was giving it a thought but later, decided to step out.”
The film was expected to roll out in January 2020. But now, it’s been temporarily pushed ahead. “Hrithik delivered a huge hit with ‘WAR’. The film went on to do Rs 300 Cr plus business at the box-office. Everyone – including his team, advisers and his family members – advised him not to take up a romcom immediately and concentrate more on a few other action thrillers that have come his way. That’s also why he decided to say no to Aanand Rai and Farah Khan-Rohit Shetty’s ‘Satte Pe Satta’ remake.”
This has left the ‘Zero’ filmmaker in a huge fix. “He needs a male star to step in for the film. Although he wants someone like Ranveer Singh from the younger generation or Shahid Kapoor, both of them are already preoccupied with their respective projects. Sara, on the other hand, has lost out on a plum project. She was offered ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ which she had to pass on because of Aanand’s film.”
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