Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s pregnancy has put a spanner in the work of Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film Heroine. Heavy duty meetings have been on between Madhur, Ash and Ronnie Screwvala for the last couple of days on whether to defer the film or shelve it altogether.
A source says, “Ash has alloted 65 days to Madhur to complete his film.” However, Heroine may be left sitting cold on the shelf because of various reasons:
Madhur apparently needs six months to complete the movie; 65 days is not enough. The script has scenes where the heroine needs to be under a waterfall (a la Mandakini), and smoke cigarettes – a pregnant Ash can’t risk this, or even be on a set that allows cigarette smoking.
Ash is due to deliver in November 2011. Sixty five days from now, she will look too heavy on screen.
There are portions in the film where Ash is supposed to look svelte and sexy. In her current condition that is not possible. Madhur has already told his team to start work on his next two projects with A-listers. One is rumoured to be a sequel to one of his National Award winning films and the other is a comedy.