Bollywood’s leading actress, Deepika Padukone, has been forced to step back on her ‘Fast & Furious 7’ assignment. While sources from the US confirmed that Deepika was finalised for the lead role opposite Vin Diesel, the fact that the foreign studio needed Padukone to allot dates as early as September 10 made her cancel her assignment as she is busy shooting with Shahrukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali in those days.
She is busy shooting in Dubai, with Shah Rukh Khan till September 14 for Happy New Year. On September 16, she will reportedly fly to Mumbai for the teaser launch of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.
The actress who made her debut with the film Om Shanti Om may even have to fly back to Dubai to complete the schedule of HNY, if necessary. A source said, “The Fast & Furious 7 team also wanted Deepika to give 15 days in October, which she has already committed to Finding Fanny Fernandes, the shooting of which takes place in Goa. While she could have requested the producers of this film to make a slight adjustment, Ram Leela is scheduled for a November 29 release and understandably, SLB requires her to promote the film extensively at that point. So, allotting 20 days in November for the Vin Diesel assignment is not possible.”
It is also said that besides the actual shooting dates required for the film, she has to allot parking dates to the makers of Fast and Furious. Unlike in Bollywood, where actors do not report for shooting unless they are required for a scene, actors have to be present on the sets on the allotted parking dates even if they are not participating in a shoot that day. This turned out to be a major spoiler for Deepika.
Deepika’s official spokesperson said, “Deepika was offered to be a part of the next Fast And Furious movie. She is a huge fan of the franchise and it’s disappointing not to be able to do it. Unfortunately, the movie goes on the floors immediately and that left too short a time for her to shift her existing date commitments to the producers of Ram Leela, Happy New Year and Finding Fanny Fernandes.”