With the sensitivity of Rhea Chakraborty’s alleged involvement in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s passing, filmmaker Lom Harsh dropped the actress from signing his second film. He did that to protect the sentiments of the late actor’s huge fan base.
According to Bollywood Life Chakraborty had been considered to be a part of Harsh’s second film for a while. Talking to the media, the filmmaker was reported expressing, “This is my second feature film and we were planning to cast Rhea Chakraborty. The film was being planned since 2018. We were about to start our shoot this year but the pandemic happened, so it got delayed. Rhea was among those actresses who were considered for the female lead of the yet-untitled film. We are completely done with pre-production work and planning to start shooting soon. She was being considered by the producers and the casting team. But after Sushant’s death and the current situation, we have decided not to cast her anymore in this film.”
He went on to add, “We are a country full of people with sentiments and religious values. Today the sentiments are with Sushant Singh Rajput. So I think we should respect the audience’s verdict. We don’t want to hurt anybody’s sentiment, especially his fans. That’s why we have decided not to cast her.”
Harsh also expressed how Chakraborty was due to play the role of a doctor. When asked on the type of casting process he used, Harsh explained it was done through casting directors. “We have dedicated casting directors in our company. We send them a list of actors we were looking forward to cast. Rhea was in the probable list of the selected candidates, but we dropped the idea after all this happened. I personally never spoke to her for the role or for any discussion regarding the film.”