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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Vidya in Vishal Bhardwaj's Daayan?

After having left her out of Dedh Ishqiya, Vishal Bhardwaj goes back to Vidya Balan, after he fails to get Rani Mukerji on board.

Vishal Bhardwaj left her out of Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to his 2010 hit Ishqiya. This shocked not just the masses, but also the actress herself who had won critical acclaim for her performance in the first part. However, now the filmmaker has gone back to the very person, Vidya Balan for his upcoming project Daayan.

Daayan, an ambitious collaboration between Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor has Emraan Hasmi in the lead. This casting decision cost the filmmakers quite a few A-list actors. Allegedly, Rani Mukerji, chose not to work in this film, despite it being a Vishal Bhardwaj venture due to its male lead.

The fact that the film is called Daayan, and the female lead has to play the very role, did not help the actress change her decision. However, Rani had later denied any such stories about her being approached for the film in the first place.

The film is about a man (Emraan Hashmi) and his relationship with three women. One of them being a witch (daayan). Needless to say, the female lead, would have to play the very role of the witch. It was rumoured that Rani, who initially loved the script, decided against it within a few days. Not everybody wants to be a witch, it seems.

However, the filmmakers, Ekta and Vishal chose to stick to their decision of having Emraan in the film. Even after having lost an A-lister actress. And now, it seems, Vishal has gone up to Rani's not-too-good-a-friend Vidya Balan with the same offer.

Vishal Bhardwaj who dropped Vidya Balan from the sequel of Ishqiya, saying that the script demanded not her but two new female faces along with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, seems to have gone back to his favourite actress.

Vishal and Vidya had a long discussion on the script of Daayan last week. She loved it and was quite keen on doing the film. Vidya's role will be that of the protagonist, Daayan, the witch.

        Vishal Bhardwaj                  Rani Mukerji
The actress, apparently loved her role. The fact that there will be two more female actors alongside did not seem to bother her.

However, sources close to the actress said, "Vidya loves the script of Daayan. However, she is unlikely to have the dates to commit to the Vishal Bhardwaj project.

She has Ekta Kapoor's Dirty Picture to complete for the time being. She also has a few other commitments. All of this will clash with the dates that Vishal will require for this project.”

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